Snowy owl rescued after being spotted near Westport Road


by Johnny Archer

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 29 at 10:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Snowy owls are a rarity in the Kentuckiana region.

For several days, a snowy owl has been spotted near the Gene Snyder and Westport Road area in eastern Jefferson County.

The snow owl is 2,500 miles away from his arctic home.

“The morning we caught him he was standing next to the pavement trucks [and they] were going by him, he wasn’t moving,” Sally Seyal from Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky said.

The animal was brought to the Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky facility weighing just over 2.5 pounds and about 1 to 4 pounds under weight.

“We’re happy that he’s survived for two days because he may have very well died initially. He’s still in kind of critical – he’s that thin,” Seyal said.

It’s believed the owl migrated south looking for food but scientists are still trying to figure out the reason for this unusual visit this far south.

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The malnourished owl is being fed through a tube.

“It’s actually baby food mixed with lactated ringers which is a sugar in electrolytes which is what they give patients in surgery,” Seyal said.

Volunteers at the rehabilitation center say it could take as long as three months to for the owl to fully recover.

It’s a really good sign that he’s feeling better and getting stronger,” Seyal added.

Volunteers are deciding to whether release the snowy owl locally or transport it up north to release it back into the wild.