On January 1, at 9:30 am, we received our first wild patient of 2012 here at the PAWS Wildlife Center. This year's first arrival was a Northern Saw-whet Owl that was hit by a car along Washington's Highway 2. Fortunately, a passing driver spotted the diminutive raptor sitting on the shoulder of the road and stopped to rescue him. By the time the bird arrived at PAWS, he was in a deep state of shock due to head trauma he sustained during his earlier collision.
As of this writing, the owl's condition has improved, but he is still exhibiting the after-effects of his traumatic impact. Meanwhile, more animals in need are arriving every day. The circumstances that bring them to PAWS vary widely, but they all share one thing in common; they will all be given the highest quality of care that we can provide in the hope that they will once again slither, run, climb, jump, swim and fly free.