Two juvenile barred owls were released on Friday, October 29, 2021, at Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary in Boylston, MA after being treated at Tufts Wildlife Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. One owl was admitted to the clinic on Oct 5th after being hit by a car. The owl showed signs of head trauma and also had eye injuries. The owl fully recovered after treatment with pain medication and topical eye medication. The other owl was admitted on September 2, 2021, also after being hit by a car. This owl suffered a fracture to a bone in its leg, which veterinarians at Tufts Wildlife Clinic surgically repaired. The fracture healed well and the owl regained normal use of the leg and foot. Both owls underwent flight reconditioning in the Clinic’s flight cages until veterinarians determined they were ready to be released.

Drs. Elena Cox and Maureen Murray from Tufts Wildlife Clinic release the two barred owls on October 29, 2021. Video Credit: Gallery Seven (Maynard MA)

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