Feeding a Screech

An eastern screech owl is receiving care at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. The owl broke his wing and suffered head trauma after flying into a person’s car.

Watch a video of staff hand-feeding this owl.

When the owl first arrived at VINS, he was not able to eat on his own. We’d leave food with him to eat overnight, but he never touched it. So we began hand-feeding the screech to be sure he did not lose too much weight, which could impede his progress. 

In time, the owl began to eat on his own — a sure sign he is making a recovery!

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