As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Rare albino barred owl found in Cedar Falls, taken to rehab center

July 18, 2014 5:30 am • ALISA HRUSTIC
071714cc-owl-01CEDAR FALLS | A rare albino barred owl, picked up by animal control officers Saturday, is being nursed back to health by volunteers of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project.
The bird was found along Main Street, a few blocks from his home nest, and left experts in awe at the sight of his completely white plumage.

When animal control called Linda Nebbe, a rehabilitation volunteer of about 40 years, she couldn't believe they had an all-white owl to bring her.

"I wanted to say 'yeah right,'" she said. "I've never seen anything like this."

Nebbe believes the owl became sick after eating something that clearly impacted his system.

"He started acting with a lack of control," she said. "He was very droopy and seemed not aware and didn't react to anything. I gave him some fluid and he was very dry."

The owl also was severely underweight, but is only a baby yet, and is improving already.

"Now he's eating well," Nebbe said. "We took him to the vet on Tuesday and she found him to be, from everything we could see, in good health."

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