Critically Injured Owl Beats The Odds, Is Rehabbed And Released Into Wild

Steve Miller
December 17, 2018 - 5:49 pm

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation has treated -- and now released -- a Great Horned Owl that had been hit by a car a few months ago in Kankakee County.

Flint Creek had been taking care of the owl since Sept. 8.

"We believe that he was hit by a car. He was found at an intersection of two rural highways, and he was just standing, basically, in a ditch near a light pole."

Dawn Keller, the founder of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, says she was skeptical about the owl ever being able survive on its own because he had more than 120 maggots.

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation

"In this particular case we were concerned because so many of the maggots were in his ear.  We wanted to make sure he didn't have any compromise to his hearing because obviously that's an extremely important part of an owl's ability to hunt."

But Keller said the owl made a full recovery and was released this past Saturday.