Opa was found in June 2005, when she was about 3 weeks old. She had a badly infected and ulcerated eye, which had to be surgically removed. Such an injury might have been from a fall, from an attack by a crow, jay or other bird, or even in play or competition with a sibling. Although an adult nocturnal owl that loses sight in one eye may be able to survive, it would be very difficult for a youngster to become proficient enough at hunting to learn to fend for itself with this handicap. Being socialized to people at such a young age, however, has helped her transition to life in human care, and made her comfortable here at Cascades Raptor Center. Opa has been a valuable member of the Education Team since 2005. Opa is part of the training as enrichment team.
Adoptive "Parents" of Opa:
Tony, Sasha, Vivi, Tina & Lucie - In memory of our wise and wonderful Opa
Kenny & Margot Helphand • Trish, Jim, Sophie, Eva & Alex Lagrant
Denise Egri & Serge Faumont • Ursula McCabe • Kelsey & Abigail Minor
Jeanie Stuntzner • Robert Coache