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Setting 5 Orphan Barn Owls Free

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Five orphan barn owls were rehabilitated and set free

Members of the zoological medicine service at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently set five orphan barn owls free following their rehabilitation.

Brought in by an animal control officer, the owls were discovered in a nest around equipment at a construction site. For the next seven weeks, the barn owls resided in the veterinary hospital while they ate, grew and learned to fly in nearby flight cages.

Assisting with the owl release were three veterinary students in the class of 2021, Margie Garza, Samantha Nickelson, and Morgan Omps; Ian Kanda, RVT, VTS (Exotics), veterinary technician in the zoological medicine service; and Nicola Di Girolamo, DMV, MSc (EBHC), GP Cert (ExAP), Ph.D., DECZM (Herp), associate professor, zoological medicine service in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital treats approximately 500 wildlife cases each year. Donations to the Wildlife Care Fund help cover the cost of clinical treatment and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife.

If you would like to support Oklahoma’s wildlife, please contact Ashley Hesser, assistant director of development with the OSU Foundation, at or (405) 385-0715.

CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 |

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