Weʼre raising £1,500 to help Boo Boo – a baby Eagle owl. She has a serious growth disorder which has caused her legs to become twisted and distorted.
Boo Boo is a Turkmenian Eagle owl who was born on the 28th May 2017. We first noticed a problem with her legs when she was about five weeks old and rushed her to the vets. After extensive tests they found that she has a serious growth disorder which has caused her legs to twist so badly that she is unable to stand up – without treatment she has no future. It affects about 1% of birds like her, so is quite rare.
Our vet has consulted with specialists and one option is surgery, although this carries massive risks and will be the last resort. The initial course of treatment is to splint the legs, along with administering a dietary supplement to encourage correct bone growth. As she is so young and growing rapidly, it is hoped that we can encourage the legs into a more correct position with this approach.
Boo Boo is an amazing bird. She has coped so well with all the treatment, never biting or scratching, and is teaching herself to walk on her heavily bandaged legs, by supporting herself with her wings. We have provided her with a deep straw bedded pen so she can move about safely with no danger of hurting herself if she loses balance. She has to be carried when she goes to the vet as she is unable to balance herself in a carrier box – her reaction to this is to snuggle in and fall asleep. She steals the heart of everyone who meets her.
Boo Boo has already undergone extensive veterinary treatment and this will continue for some time yet as she has to have the splints removed and replaced at least twice a week. We are hoping we can avoid the need for surgery as the cost for that alone will be £2000.
We are a small farm and owl conservation centre, and we also rescue and re-home owls, mammals and reptiles. Our website was recently hacked into, so we now have to start from scratch, which is putting a huge strain on our finances.
If you can help us with Boo Boo’s vet’s bill we’d be very grateful.