Featured this week on the Wildlife Medical Clinic’s Critter Cam is an adult red-tailed hawk.
This bird was brought to us by a raptor rehabilitation center who suspected that one of his coracoids (bone of the shoulder girdle) was injured.
Fortunately, there do not appear to be any bone fractures or soft tissue injuries!
For now, we are doing our best to plump him up to help him regain his strength!
She was diagnosed with a fractured humerus and a fractured radius (the smaller bone in a bird’s “forearm”).
Unfortunately, this owl’s fracture was pretty gnarly and the repair was difficult, so he’s got a long road ahead.
After a little while of keeping the wing bandaged up, we’ll start performing some passive range of motion by extending and flexing the elbow and shoulder to prevent too much loss of movement.
Hopefully some pain medication, antibiotics, and a little peace and quiet will help this little guy make a full recovery.—Kara Hiebert Update: After further diagnostic testing, we found a small amount of fungal growth in this bird’s air sacs.
—This week on the Critter Cam, we are featuring a species that we don’t see very commonly in the clinic—a short-eared owl.
These owls are much smaller than great horned owls or long-eared owls and live primarily out on the prairie rather than forested areas.
They tend to catch birds out of the air while in flight, and they may reach speeds as fast as 200 mph in pursuit of their prey!