Saw-Whet Owl Cared for at Pocono Wildlife Center, Pictures
A saw-whet owl is just one of the many creatures cared for at the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Stroudsburg, where about a thousand animals are treated every year and at least 85% of them are returned to the wild.
Run by Kathy Uhler and her husband Eric, they treated a little saw-whet owl, which is the smallest owl in Pennsylvania.
This particular owl suffered from wing damage and depth perception issues which make it impossible for him to return to the wild.
Saw-whet owls are minature owls that are native to North America. They are not endangered but due to their size they can get hurt easily or have a harder time finding food.
The animals that cannot be released back in to the wild are kept by the Uhlers for educational purposes, to teach school children how to respect wildlife. Both with other jobs the Uhlers are kept very busy taking care of any injured wildlife from Susquehanna County to Lehigh Valley and there are always new patients.
Along with the little saw-whet owl there is also a pair of screech owls that were injured by motor vehicles and suffered brain damage. They also have Benjamin the barred owl who loves humans too much to live on his own, and Maximus the Great, a great horned owl who hit a car and broke her wing. She has too much damage to be released. They also have a barn own called Bo and a few birds of prey that are imprinted on humans and cannot be released as they won't be able to fend for themselves.
There are numerous other animals, mostly birds at the shelter, such as a turkey vulture, a peregrine falcon, baby rabbits, skunks, opossums, bobcats and black bears.