Found a baby owl or injured hawk?

Found a baby owl or injured hawk?

 SOME OWLS NEST ON THE GROUND AND DO NOT BUILD A NEST. BEFORE YOU PICK IT UP AS AN ORPHAN, CONTACT YOUR NEAREST PERMITTED REHABILITATION CENTRE  FOR ADVICE   

  • Find and prepare an appropriate-sized container.
  • Use a cardboard box, or dog/cat carrier large enough for the bird to comfortably sit or stand in.
  • Place a clean, soft cloth with no strings, loops or holes on the bottom. A T-shirt or towel is a good example.
  • Make sure there are air holes in the lower part of the box where the bird cannot see out of.
  • Remember with both hawks or owls the feet and talons are dangerous in addition to the beak. Great caution should be used to prevent injury to you.
  • Cover the bird with a lightweight towel, t-shirt, jacket, or small sheet, depending on the size of the bird, making sure it’s head and eyes are covered.
  • Gently place your hands on either side of the wings, with your thumbs in the middle of its back. Gently pick up the covered bird and place it in the prepared container.
  • Do not give food or water to the bird.
  • Secure the lid of the box with tape, to prevent escape.
  • Place the container in a quiet in a warm dark place, away from people, animals and loud noises.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Contact and deliver the bird to a registered and licensed rehabilitation facility as soon as possible. If it is after hours keep the bird in the container in a dark, quiet, and warm area until the next morning.

In South Africa, it is against the law to keep any wildlife without the appropriate rehabilitation permit and license, even if you plan on releasing it

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