WSU Raptor Club | Hurik

WSU Raptor Club page banner showing Hurik the Northern Pygmy Owl


Hurik is a Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnoma) who was brought to the VTH in October of 2014. He had a left elbow dislocation and some swelling at the left wrist. Over the first night Hurik was at the hospital he chewed at his left wrist and caused enough damage that his wing needed to be amputated. Thankfully, his wing could be amputated at the elbow as amputations any closer to the shoulder have proven to be too detrimental to balance for many birds and are thereby not humane. Hurik has adapted very well to life without that part of his wing and once the site healed he began on his training as an educational bird. Hurik’s name means small fire in Armenian and was chosen for him because even though Northern Pygmy Owls are small, they can be very ferocious predators.

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