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.

Friday, 14 March 2014

BIRD RESCUE: Animal rescue center tries 'OWLcupuncture' to heal wounded bird

A Central Arkansas rescue organization is using an unconventional treatment to get an injured owl back on her feet.

"We take these animals that have human-caused injuries, and when there is a human-caused injury we feel the obligation to do something," explained Lynne Slater, the executive director of the HAWK Center. 

In January, a female barred owl was brought to the center after being hit by a car.

Slater and other volunteers at the HAWK Center call her Enola, after the town where it happened.

"When she came in, I honestly thought she was dead in the box. She was comatose. She was knocked out cold," Slater said. "I noted that she could not move one leg, and yet she could move her wings and she could use the other leg."

Slater said they decided to wait and see what happened.

After a week, there was very little progress.

"An owl that can't move a foot can't survive in the wild," Slater said.

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