This Is For The Birds

This Is For The Birds

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Rescued Snowy Owl

Watch a Snowy Owl Recoup from Surgery at an NYC Wildlife Rehab Center
By Purbita Saha
February 5, 2016

Meet Hedwig, an aptly named Snowy Owl who flew all the way from the Arctic tundra to the Big Apple to enjoy a milder winter (and also probably a #pizzarat or two). That is, until she was shot near an NYC airport—likely the result of a legal loophole that allows airports to use lethal means to clear owls and other birds off their tarmacs.

But Hedwig is a lucky one: She was found and rescued two weekends ago, right before a record blizzard hit the city. A Queens resident found her struggling to fly a mile away from LaGuardia Airport,

A Gunshot Wound Couldn’t Break this Snowy Owl’s Spirit
by Hilary Hanson
February 11, 2016

A lot of birds are afraid when they wind up at the Wild Bird Fund—a wildlife rehabilitation center in New York City—but not Hedwig.

A man brought in the young female snowy owl with what rehabbers believe was a gunshot wound in her shoulder in January, as first reported by the National Audubon Society.

But while many birds become timid and frightened in the unfamiliar environment of the rehab center, Hedwig was defiant.

“She did not retreat,” Rita McMahon, Wild Bird Fund director, told The Huffington Post. “I think she felt … she didn’t see anything that was contender. She was lord and mistress.”

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