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Russia: Baby snowy owl rescued from trap by vets in Siberia02:40

Russia: Baby snowy owl rescued from trap by vets in Siberia

Russian Federation, Kemerovo
November 27, 2019 at 21:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

A baby snowy owl injured after falling into a trap is recuperating after surgery at the Kemerovo Centre for Conservation of Biological Diversity, as shown in footage released on Wednesday.

Kemerovo locals found the owlet with its left leg stuck in a trap, and took him to the rehabilitation centre as he needed urgent surgery. They believe the snowy owl, a type of owl well known as Hedwig in Harry Potter, flew to Siberia from the Taymyr Peninsula.

“Unfortunately, we got the snowy owl in a really bad condition. He was stuck in a trap with his left leg for some time in the freezing cold, but fortunately, the trap was not strong enough to break any bone structures, but it had enough power for the bird to receive a pronounced deep concentric wound”, said veterinary radiologist Yulia Balashova.

The brave little owl currently lives in a specialised aviary at the centre, and has to undergo a course of special medical treatment. According to Nikolai Skalon, the head of the Department of Biodiversity and Bioresources of Kemerovo State University, the owlet has little chance to survive in the wild with only one healthy leg. The vets are now considering whether it’s possible for the owl to find a new home at a zoo, or whether he will need to remain under care at the centre.

Russia: Baby snowy owl rescued from trap by vets in Siberia02:40
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A baby snowy owl injured after falling into a trap is recuperating after surgery at the Kemerovo Centre for Conservation of Biological Diversity, as shown in footage released on Wednesday.

Kemerovo locals found the owlet with its left leg stuck in a trap, and took him to the rehabilitation centre as he needed urgent surgery. They believe the snowy owl, a type of owl well known as Hedwig in Harry Potter, flew to Siberia from the Taymyr Peninsula.

“Unfortunately, we got the snowy owl in a really bad condition. He was stuck in a trap with his left leg for some time in the freezing cold, but fortunately, the trap was not strong enough to break any bone structures, but it had enough power for the bird to receive a pronounced deep concentric wound”, said veterinary radiologist Yulia Balashova.

The brave little owl currently lives in a specialised aviary at the centre, and has to undergo a course of special medical treatment. According to Nikolai Skalon, the head of the Department of Biodiversity and Bioresources of Kemerovo State University, the owlet has little chance to survive in the wild with only one healthy leg. The vets are now considering whether it’s possible for the owl to find a new home at a zoo, or whether he will need to remain under care at the centre.

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