Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)
Meet Carl, an adorable northern saw-whet owl, who was admitted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre. He was unable to fly and showed evidence of head trauma, damage to the right eye, and an infection. The Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) is a non-profit organization operated by student volunteers at the WCVM and they aided in Carl’s care. After three weeks of treatment with antibiotics, pain relievers, and anti-inflammatory medications, Carl was released back into the wild.
The northern saw-whet owl is one of the most common owls in the forests of North America, but it’s also highly nocturnal and seldom seen. It’s believed the northern saw-whet owl was named for it’s call sounding similar to a saw being sharpened on a whetting stone. They grow no taller than twenty centimeters and weigh to a hefty 150 grams.