BAY VILLAGE, OH – A snowy owl was rescued from the basement of a commercial building in Lorain the morning of Thursday, January 16th.
A citizen discovered the bird when they were exploring water leaks in the basement. The area has old access points and chutes that would have allowed the bird to enter, but not necessarily exit, the building.
Director of Wildlife at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Amy LeMonds, responded to the call and was able to safely rescue the owl. Her initial assessment of the animal, performed in the Center’s rehabilitation facility, showed that the bird is extremely weak and emaciated. No signs of trauma have been noted at this time.
As for the Snowy Owl’s treatment plan, LeMonds says, “At this point, our primary concern for the animal is the stress of captivity. To respect this, we’ll limit our handling to times of treatment. We’ll also focus on rehydration through fluid therapy.”
Snowy Owls are the largest North American owls by weight. They are irruptive in this area, making an appearance in some winters but not others. They are covered in thick feathers and have catlike yellow eyes.
As we learn more about the Snowy Owl’s condition and plans for its treatment, we will update the public. We ask that any members of the media please make arrangements before visiting as the animal will be predominantly unavailable for photographs.