Mr. Clean rescued from a manure pit 

Snowy Owl Release- Mr. Clean 

January 2018 

Mr. Clean flies away by Margie Duerr 

This immature male snowy owl was recovered on December 4, 2017. The owl was sucked into a manure pit at a farm near Janesville. As much as I get excited to work with these magnificent birds, my smile is forced as inside I am very concerned about his low condition. The landowners did the correct thing by calling for help. To simply release him covered in sludge he would be unable to fly, to wash and release he would not have survived at such a critically low weight, factor in the toxicity and the extreme temps coming, wet feathers freeze. A rehabbers job is not as glamorous as many people think, giving a snowy a bath is no easy task. Many of the snowys are already stressed to begin with, please be mindful when taking photos or viewing not to stress them. After several weeks at our center he was released on January 27th, 2018. Thank you to all who assisted in this rescue. 

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