Pa. wildlife rehabber rescues family of Eastern Screech Owls

Pa. wildlife rehabber rescues family of Eastern Screech Owls

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- "We're here to undo the damage that human beings cause in the environment," said Rick Schubert, a wildlife rehabilitator and lifelong animal lover.Schubert is the Executive Director at the Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center, which has seen an increase in animal injuries related to spotted lanternfly-killing tape meant to protect trees.Woodpeckers, nuthatches, and squirrels are among the crowd that gets caught while crawling up the trunks. But over this past weekend, three Eastern Screech Owls got snagged in the trap.The family who discovered the injured birds made the right decision by calling the PMWC at 267-416-9453, which Schubert says should always be the first step."I brought the animal into the surgery room. I put all three of them under anesthesia and we slowly surgically extracted them from the tape," said Schubert. "Took us about an hour."Rehabilitators like Schubert must be very precise in their handling of wildlife. That's why they dissuade the community from attempting to remove birds on their own.Jackie Kent, Director of Education at PMWC, has some more advice to offer."Stress is the number one …
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