“Adopt” Whisper the Barn Owl
After a spring storm in 2009 a hiker found two baby barn owls on the ground. It appeared that the night before the strong wind had blown down the tree where Whisper and her sibling lived (known as a nest cavity). Baby Whisper injured her beak in the fall, knocking the top part of her beak (or mandible) slightly crooked. Whisper was taken to the Alabama Wildlife Center in Oak Mountain where they attempted to fix her beak. Unfortunately all of their attempts failed and it was determined that Whisper would have to live in captivity the rest of her life. Birds’ beaks grow like our fingernails; since Whisper’s beak got knocked crooked in the fall, her beak would eventually curl around itself as it grew, and she would not be able to open her mouth. Now that she is in captivity, trainers have to trim her beak every 6 weeks to make sure she does not have trouble tearing and eating her food. If you adopt at the Carnivore Caregiver level or above, you will receive her look-alike stuffed animal.
By adopting Whisper, you are are helping feed, house, and provide medical care for these resident raptors. An adoption can be made in honor of a person, or event, or in memory of someone. See our adoption levels below: