Sunday, January 02, 2011

Lean, Mean Mouse Hunting Machine

Today our South Riding owl, named "Huddleston" by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, was released - when we first found him, he was severely malnourished, and weighed about 1 and a half pounds. The Wildlife Center nourished this first-year juvenile great horned owl back to life, taught him to hunt, and he basically had a rollicking good time at the Center with his other owl and assorted raptor pals - per this video....

Now at 3 pounds, he was released healthy and quickly flew away before an admiring South Riding crowd, into the thick suburban wooded areas for (we hope) a successful first winter mousing season!


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