BOKEELIA, Fla. -- A great horned owl made a triumphant return to the skies Tuesday after having an injured eye removed by veterinarians.
The owl had been recovering at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) since July 5th, when it was discovered with a severe right eye injury on Pine Island.
Veterinarians were unable to determine what caused the injury, but unfortunately the eye was too badly damaged to be saved and veterinarians had to surgically remove it.
The owl did not have any other wounds or broken bones.
After the surgery site had healed, the bird was returned to the wild on July 16 near where it was found. Dr. Robin Bast, CROW’s staff veterinarian, released the owl.