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Saturday, July 25, 2009

GreenSpot-On Wildlife Q & A #5

Welcome to the Fifth Issue of the GreenSpot-On Wildlife Q & A! Here is a question I recieved from a student at C. A. Frost Environmental Science Academy in Grand Rapids, MI along with my answers! Please keep the questions coming!

Question: How do you get the owls to eat their natural foods, like mice, instead of pellets and seeds?
Name: Jennah Age: 9 Grade: 4 School: C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy, Grand Rapids, MI

Answer: Well, for owls we have mice that we get from a company. Those mice are not alive when we get them, and we are able to keep them in the freezer. When we need them, they are thawed out and then we have to do what we need to, to get the owls or other birds of prey to eat them. A lot of the time the owls that we get in have some sort of neurologic problem and they are unable to swallow properly. Therefore, we have to often cut the mice into smaller pieces and remove the skin. Then we have to force feed them the mice. To do this, we usually use hemostats to hold the mouse parts and of course usually we have on leather gloves to protect ourselves.

That is all the questions I can answer for now. Unfortunately my computer is still on the fritz and have been unable to access the questions that are unanswered. My sister is going to send me those questions and I will try and get them answered for the next issue of the Wildlife Q & A!

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