Beyond repair
Beyond repair
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Focal length:100 mm
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Posted in Categories: Birds -  Defiled -  

Found hanging from a branch by one leg for several hours - this Barn owl (Tyto alba) had a severely dislocated hip joint and was presented to Wattle Grove Vet Hospital. Just a young bird, I considered all possible repair approaches, but nothing was going to allow the bird any chance of satisfactory return to hunting function. The grim end was sealed when I realised the degree of neurological dysfunction in the limb. Sometimes you can't win.

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