Ra came to the Raptor Center in late 2015 when his previous facility closed. He had been found hit by a car in 2011 on the Yakima Indian reservation in Washington and suffered a fractured left coracoid (an important bone in the shoulder joint) and some damage to his right eye. He flies quite well, considering, and was even used in flight programs. Because Burrowing Owls are primarily sight hunters – they are active as often during the day as at night – a vision deficit can be a substantial handicap. We do not actually know if ‘he’ is a male, as Burrowing Owls are fairly unique among raptors as males and females are the same size and their plumage is the same. However, Ra does give a greeting HOOT to his handlers that staff believes to be at the lower pitch that demonstrates Ra is a male. Ra is part of the outreach team.
Adoptive "Parents" of Ra:
Pat & Hap Ehm • Andrea Halliday • Rosemary Turunc
Marie & Tom Gundy • GRIT • Alice Rogan & Hedy Rutman
Corinna Adee • Jenner Whitt • Kristiina DiGesu
Danika Barber • Sonette & Juan Lias • Betty Sparks
Carol Jo Horn • Ruth E Osborn • Linda Collins
Kimberly Ferguson– in memory of James Wilson "Chef Ra"
Aiden Jefferson • Sarah Winter • Hannah & Nate Rosenfeld
Bill and Nan May • Weston Charbonneau • Althea McCann
Sandra Weingarten • Justin Evans-Vidal & Odd-eyes Gaming
Adeline Cox • Ann Carney • The Davini Family • Henry Betz
Rich and Tracey Adney • Sean Hillmeyer • Ronan Gipson
River Harris & Shania McKean • Hailey Varner • John Foster