The great horned owl was transferred from the Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation center in Raleigh to the Huntersville-based Raptor Center for veterinary treatment. The bird will have a surrogate mother, Betbait, until it is healthy and old enough to be on its own. Betbait, a great horned owl, has been fostering orphans with the Raptor Center for a decade.
This is the third orphaned owl being treated by the Raptor Center.
This time also marked the beginning of orphan season, and the Raptor Center expects to receive 100 baby raptors in the coming months.
For more information on the Raptor Center visit www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.