Trimming the talons of two resident Owls
Two of the Sanctuary’s permanent residents, “Kitty” (Great Horned Owl) and “Doc” (Barred Owl), getting their talons trimmed by hospital staff members.
A critical component of proper raptor husbandry is trimming their talons & coping their beaks. Captive raptors are not exposed to the variety of substrates that wild raptors are, so it is important to provide different substrates to help the process, and trim them manually as well.
Overgrown talons & beaks can cause a lot of issues & can lead to the bird injuring themselves. When done regularly and efficiently with appropriate restraint, it causes minimal stress to the birds.
This Pied-Billed grebe was found on the side of the road, and brought to the Sanctuary on February 1, 2018. She was suffering from oral hemorrhaging, which is indicative of internal injury, most likely due to a vehicle strike. After receiving critical care & fluid management, she rebounded greatly. Her daily diet included mealworms, fish fillets, shrimp, & meat.
Grebes are graceful in the water & are excellent divers, but their anatomy does not lend well to walking on land.