For many years, Mama Owl held the title of "hardest working volunteer" at the SPCA, having raised over 60 orphaned baby Great Horned Owl chicks. Sadly, Mama Owl passed away of old age on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
Mama Owl came to the SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in 2000. She was suffering from a serious wing injury caused by an electrocution wound. Due to the severity of the injury, her wing had to be amputated to save her life. Since she could not fly, she could never be safely released back into the wild. However, her temperament and comfort at being in a captive environment made her the perfect surrogate for all of the SPCA's rescued orphaned baby Great Horned Owls.
Mama Owl taught her adopted babies how to act like wild owls, how to hunt, and, most importantly, how to distrust humans. This allowed the babies to be safely released into the wild once they are old enough to survive on their own.
Your support made all of this possible. We will miss Mama Owl.
Mama Owl pictured with one of her adopted babies.