Great Barrington Officer Olivia Cobb rescues injured great horned owl
On the evening of December 23, 2019, Officer Olivia Cobb responded to a car in the breakdown lane on Route 7. Upon arriving, Officer Cobb found a Great Horned Owl in the roadway suffering from severe injuries and unable to move. Officer Cobb used her wildlife training while securing the owl, and immediately contacted the Sharon (Conn.) Audubon Center to arrange transport to their rehabilitation center for further evaluation and treatment.
Officials at the Audubon Center determined that the owl was suffering from injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle, including a ruptured eye, head trauma, and blood drainage in the nose and sinuses. While in care, it was discovered that it had a significant parasite load, so along with the anti-inflammatory medicine, antibiotics, and fluid therapy for the traumatic injuries, he’s also being dewormed.
“He’s in rough shape but we are hopeful for his rehabilitation” said officials at the Audubon Center.
Officer Cobb recently visited the owl and as you can see from the photo above, it is indeed on the mend.