Opa was found in June 2005, when she was about three weeks old. She had a badly infected eye which required surgical removal. Her injury could have resulted from a fall, an attack by a crow or other bird, or even interacting with a sibling. Although an adult owl might manage to survive with one eye, it would be very difficult for a youngster just learning to hunt to overcome such a disability. Being around people at such a young age, however, helped her transition to a life in human care.
Although she does not actively teach programs, she is very comfortable in her aviary with visiting guests, and participates in positive reinforcement training by flying to a scale every morning for daily weigh-ins…in exchange, of course, for delicious mice!
Adoptive “Parents” of Opa:
The Wilde Family • Sue Ann McBride • In Memory of Werner Ehlhardt • Mr. Marmot • Denise Egri & Serge Faumont • Lucie Siu & Sasha Rubick • Sharon Carey • Elyn Harcleroad • Robert Coache • Coco Steck • Liam Swafford • Jan Ebi-Deprey • Phinn & Weather Nelson Dinihanian • Eleanor Welch • Mountain Rose Herbs