A baby Eastern screech owl was taken to a Barrington wildlife rehabilitation center Thursday afternoon after falling from a tree for the second day in a row in Riverview Historic District.
Kankakee firefighters and Dawn Tutt, founder of 3D Wildlife Rescue & Rehab, placed the baby owl back in its nest on Wednesday afternoon after neighbors found it on the ground. Neighbors said the owl’s parents returned later that night.
On Thursday, a Daily Journal carrier found the baby owl nestled at the bottom of the tree again. Coincidentally, the girl was delivering the paper that featured the baby owl’s first rescue at the bottom of the front page.
While waiting for wildlife volunteers to arrive, the baby owl posed for photos with neighbors before being placed into a protective cage.
“He seems to enjoy the spotlight,” said George Bond, who lives at the property where the owl fell. “He is getting a lot of attention.”
Unlike the first rescue, the baby owl appeared to have sustained injuries, prompting 3D Wildlife Rescue & Rehab to drive it to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation for further examination.
“Its right knee and shin are skinned up and some of its under-feathers are missing,” Tutt said. “It’s the second day it has fallen out of the tree. So, we are going to send him up north.”
Tutt said Flint Creek Wildlife will do a veterinarian diagnostic test to help determine how the baby owl fell out of the tree. Based on photos taken by the Daily Journal on Wednesday, she believes it is an unusual case.
“Usually screech owls would have three to five babies in a nest,” Tutt said. “So, this is unusual. There was only one up there. Plus, it was standing on the crevice of the tree rather than in a nest. Sometimes parents reject them if they are injured.”
Tutt and Riverview neighbors named the owl “Lucky,” and they hope to see their “neighborhood celebrity” again when it heals.
“He fell out of a tree twice. Now, he is going to a rehab facility where he will grow and learn how to fly,” Tutt said. “Flint Creek Wildlife tries to return animals to the area they came from. So, hopefully, we get to release him here again soon.”