An owl, who apparently clashed against a recently placed cable line in Sarapiquí, and as a result, fractured one of its wings, was rescued this week.
Now, it requires surgery and 3 to 4 months of recovery to be released in the wild again.
Oropopo owls need the forest to survive and do not like areas with houses and human population.
“We’ll perform a surgery to place 2 pins in each little bone, like a little plaster for each bone so they don’t move”
, reported Rodolfo Vargas, biologist from Refugio Herpetológico de Costa Rica.
However, its release won’t be as easy. Once the muscles are recovered, the owl will be able to feed off live mice, which, according to Vargas, cost ¢3,000 each, and the birds need two a day.
Additionally, the surgery costs are around ¢250,000, which is why the center is looking for donations and funds.
They currently have 27 baby owls and 8 adult owls, all of which have been received with broken wings in the last 3 months.