Earlier this month, Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) released two birds back to their home territories.
One is a red-tailed hawk who was illegally shot in the wing and repaired by our full-time veterinarian, Shannon Riggs. The other, a great-horned owl, was found impaled on barbed wire and brought to PWC with the wire still embedded in the bird. Dr. Riggs grafted skin onto the damaged area, replaced all of the bird’s broken feathers, a delicate process called imping, and treated the bird for over a year until it was strong enough to be released. Dr. Riggs refused to give up on this owl despite multiple setbacks in its recovery. Thanks to her skill and persistence and the firm belief that every life matters, both birds are flying free again.
Pacific Wildlife Care has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing San Luis Obispo County wildlife for over 28 years. Come and join us.