A Boobook’s Tale

A young Southern Boobook owl was recently found lying by the side of Headlam Road in Moss Vale.
She was presented to me that day and x-rays showed a transverse fracture of the left tibiotarsus.
The bird was dehydrated and in shock, and these critical needs were attended to that afternoon and evening before I performed the required surgery on the next day, and the tibiotarsus was pinned.
Fluids, non steroidal painkiller/anti inflammatory and broad spectrum antibiotics  were prescribed and given.
I sent her to Peggy for further observation, TLC, and continuation of both non steroidal painkiller/anti inflammatory drug treatment for another 4 days and broad spectrum antibiotics for 7.
Peggy and I were both happy and surprised at the way the leg healed so well (note from Peggy – I wasn’t surprised Charlie did a brilliant job!) and the pin was removed 13 days later.
The surgery required some feather removal at the surgical site, and owls rely on a dense covering of feathers on their bodies and legs to maintain suitable body temperatures on cold nights, when they are active.
Once these are fully grown back, she will be released back at Headlam Road.

 

Boobook

Boobook

Initial Examination

Initial Examination

Preop X-ray

Preop X-ray

Preop X-Ray Detail

Preop X-Ray Detail

Initial Surgery

Initial Surgery

Surgery Detail

Surgery Detail

Pre Pin Removal

Pre Pin Removal

Post Pin Removal

Post Pin Removal

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