‘Whoo Loves You?’ Valentine auction to name rescued screech owl
The Southeastern Raptor Center is holding an auction for a Valentine’s Day Gift Package that includes a private tour of the education center and the opportunity to name an Eastern screech owl.
According to a news release, “The owl available for naming is an adult screech owl of unknown gender found last November near the side of a road in Thomaston, Ala. Veterinarians said they believe it was struck by a vehicle.
The money raised through the auction will support the center’s rehabilitation mission by supporting animal care and treatment.
The owl was found bleeding slightly from the ear and suffered an injury which caused the owl’s eye to lose pressure and deflate; it was brought to the Southeastern Raptor Center for treatment.
Dr. Jamie Bellah, professor and head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Southeastern Raptor Center, performed surgery on the bird. Bellah said he had to remove its eye to relieve the owl of pain.