CROW clinic rescues burrowing owl stuck in glue trap

Published: August 14, 2022 7:40 PM EDT
Updated: August 15, 2022 4:29 PM EDT
A veterinary worker at CROW removes glue from the feathers of a burrowing owl. Credit: Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife rescued a burrowing owl that was stuck in a glue trap in Cape Coral.

The glue trap had been removed but the glue remained on all the primary and secondary feathers of the left wing. The owl was missing half of its rectrices, the larger tail feathers used for steering in flight.

Hospital staff and students worked to remove the remnants of glue from the owl’s feathers using the oils from peanut butter, Dawn dish soap, and water mixture.

“After removing the glue it’s crucial we dry animals after they have received treatments with water so they don’t develop any secondary issues as a result,” according to CROW.

Staff drying Burrowing Owl’s wing after removing glue (CREDIT: WINK News)

The owl was also given anti-inflammatory medications and supportive fluids.

The next day, the owl was standing and vocalizing. CROW says it showed positive signs of a healthy appetite and will continue to receive supportive care under close monitoring through recovery.

Glue traps can cause several days of suffering and often lead to a cruel death, according to CROW.

Though owls may not be the target, glue traps often affect small predators like burrowing owls, eastern screech owls, snakes, songbirds, and other wildlife looking for an easy insect or rodent meal.

According to CROW, a natural, cruelty-free alternative to glue traps includes soaking cotton balls in peppermint oil and placing them in and around the home in troubled areas. The strong scent will surely deter any small rodents or insects.