The small owl in the glue benefited from oil and soap treatments

How an owl saved from glue

A little owl was covered in glue in Florida after becoming stuck in a so-called glue trap, which is what people use to catch mice and rats. She was unable to fly or even move since her feathers frequently became tangled. The bird might have perished if an uninvited bystander hadn’t discovered her.

According to Korney Gerspacher of the Florida Wildlife Hospital veterinary clinic, “a local homeowner found an owl close to his house.” Many of the locals set similar traps on their properties, but only one of them captured an owl.

After gently removing the owl from the glue trap, Courtney was able to transport it to the veterinarian clinic.

The owl didn’t appear good when we looked at it. Because she attempted to remove the adhesive from her feathers with her beak, her feathers became tangled and her beak became clogged with glue. She was unable to even bend down due to the glue on her head and neck.

She luckily sustained no further major wounds, although we frequently received creatures from similar traps with fractured bones and torn limbs. Birds and animals injured themselves trying to escape the trap. Even with such “minor injuries,” though, this owl appeared really sad.

The owl did not anticipate that it would need to be properly redeemed in order to be free of adhesive. For her, it was all just more stress.

We started by using vegetable oil to clean it. The best approach to remove a sticky substance stuck to wool or feathers is to use this method. We completely saturated the owl feathers with rapeseed oil.

The owl was properly cleaned in soapy water after that, and then it was towel-wrapped. She felt a bit better after seeing the owl’s look.

We were able to get her to move her feet after the bath, and we gave her food and water to stop dehydration.

The owl was given another wash the following day, then another, and so on until all traces of adhesive had been removed. After giving the owl some time to rest and calm down, it was determined whether she could fly by keeping her in the street enclosure. Within the enclosure, the owl flew flawlessly.

The recovered owl was last week returned into the wild in the same region as it was discovered, but far from habitations.

Adhesive traps have long been referred to as a major issue. They could be cats, birds, or even squirrels. They are a cardboard or tray that has been soaked with extremely sticky glue.

Such traps have been used to control rodent populations for a long time, although many humane organisations, such as the Royal British Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA), are against their use.

Animals trapped in glue traps do not actually die; instead, they suffer a terrible death from fatigue and dehydration since they are unable to escape the adhesive.

The rescued owl was last week returned into the wild in the same region as it was discovered, but far from habitations.

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