This tiny Pygmy Owl is the smallest species of owls in Alberta. Smaller than a pop can, they weigh just 62-73g! This little guy arrived in early January through our first aid station in Drayton Valley. It was underweight at only 47g and was suffering from a fractured humerus. The weather was extremely bad, making travel difficult and our staffing was limited, so the decision was made to have it begin its recovery in the capable hands of our first aid station.
A few days of one-on-one special care and our little owl had gained weight and was ready to travel. Our new little 60g patient is eating a mouse per day, exercising in its enclosure and will hopefully be released in spring.