“It was not moving and its eyes were barely open,” Newberry said. “One of the eyes had a blood vein that popped so it had blood streaks and the other eye was really dilated and closed.”
Crotty said no one is certain how the owl became injured.
“Maybe it was swooping down to get food and was hit by a car,” Crotty said. “We do know the owl was sprayed by a skunk – we could smell that – and there was some damage to its eyes.
Not enough that it can’t be released which is, of course, the 100 percent reason why they are rehabilitated.”
Crotty said this was a dream rescue for Newberry, whose spirit animal is the owl. Newberry said he even has a large owl tattooed on his back.
“I’ve always loved owls,” Newberry said. “They’re majestic creatures. They fly silently, just beautiful.”
Newberry said this was the first time he’d rescued an owl, although he did rescue a kestrel once.
“In my other job, we render fat and bone from butcher shops,” New berry said. “Somehow it had got in the truck, probably to eat something. I noticed it was in there, so I grabbed a burlap sack and placed it over it…when I got back home, I contacted a wildlife rehabber and they came out and picked it up.”
So they brought out a cage and blankets (“We did not want to hurt the owl and we didn’t want to get bit,” Crotty said) and put the owl in the vehicle and took it to the shelter.
“Because we don’t rescue owls or wildlife – we’re just not trained for it – we had no idea what to do for the owl or even what happened on it,” Crotty said.