Teasdale the great horned owl was found injured on the ground on New Year’s Eve 2010, by a man and his dog hiking near Teasdale, Utah (hence his name). The man planned to take him to Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Price, Utah, right away. Unfortunately, there had been an avalanche covering the main road out of that area. He instead arranged to drop Teasdale off at the home of friends of the rehabilitation center’s director. The friend then drove Teasdale to Green River, Utah, on New Year’s Day, going the LONG way because the avalanche had not yet been cleared. At that point, folks from Second Chance arrived and took him the rest of the way for treatment.
Once at the rehabilitation center, his injury was evaluated. He had fractured several bones in his right wing and they had already healed improperly. Because of this misalignment, Teasdale cannot fly well enough to survive on his own in the wild, and so will live in captivity for the rest of his life.
Great horned owls are amazing predators. They are extremely powerful and can carry prey of their own body weight (most raptors can only carry up to half their own weight). Some of their favorite prey items include voles, rabbits, skunks (it’s okay, they can’t smell the skunks), hawks, other owls, and even cats and small dogs.
Draper Museum Raptor Experience: Teasdale the great horned owl