A great horned owl arrived at the B.C. SPCA’s Wild ARC facility in Metchosin in rough shape but she is recovering. (Photo courtesy of Wild ARC)

Great horned owl recovering from injuries in Metchosin

B.C. SPCA asks for public’s help in funding care

An owl at the B.C. SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) is in need of a little tender loving care and staff at the Metchosin facility are hoping members of the public will help out.

Rescued by a Good Samaritan, the great horned owl was underweight and had problems with one of her eyes when she was brought to Wild ARC.

RELATED: SPCA Wild ARC hosts 14th annual open house

“She was very skinny – the problems with her eye were most likely caused by head trauma,” said assistant manager Meg Hatch in a statement. “She was very quiet and not very responsive at first and her eye continued to deteriorate, so it was decided the best option would be to remove the eye completely.”

A local veterinarian volunteered her services for the procedure and not long after, the owl started to bounce back to life.

“She’s doing great. She’s been moved to our outdoor flight pen where she has more room to fly and has been hunting prey successfully,” Hatch said, adding once the animal has recovered she will be released back into the wild.

But the cost of this treatment and recovery is expected to total more than $4,000, even with the efforts from a team of volunteers. The B.C. SPCA and Wild ARC are asking for the public’s help by donating to this cause and others.

You can donation online at spca.bc.ca/donate or in person at Wild ARC, 1020 Malloch Rd.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Just Posted

Partnerships are key for Peninsula youth clinic

The clinic has a new home and some funding for a year, but there is more to do

Brentwood Bay hosts 24-hour cancer fundraiser

Monster and Sea 24-hour Paddle is grassroots fundraiser

Central Saanich Police training a drug recognition expert

Role needed as Canada nears cannabis legalization this year

Six stories a non-starter at Sidney’s Cedarwood Inn site

Site redevelopment plans go back to the drawing board

Saanich Police speed reader board stolen

Traffic safety device taken from the 4700 block of Interurban Road

Victoria airport terminal expansion under way

Videos posted showing work in progress over the next 27 months

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women this weekend

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

UPDATE: Orca Airways grounded due to safety issues

Merger with Integra Air results in loss of operator’s certificate

Investigation into bullying allegations against Elizabeth May still weeks away

Federal Green Party Leader asked for third-party investigation back in January

UPDATE: Costco rumours spurred on by vague email reference

Rumours of big box stores coming to Central Saanich or Sidney happening since 1994

Viewer Photos: First day of Spring around British Columbia

Our loyal viewers sent us some of their favourite Spring photos from all corners of the province

Human remains found in Campbell River in February under investigation as a homicide

In mid-February, RCMP announced that human remains had been located in a… Continue reading

Five Canadian kids charged with making school threats

Police say online threats are on the rise

Not even Ellen DeGeneres can get Virtue, Moir to say they’re more than friends

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday

Most Read