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Owl hurt by Hamas fire recovering

Kibbutz member brings bird to Ramat Gan Safari after it was hit by shrapnel

Lazar Berman is a former breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A Eurasian Scops Owl photo credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Damian Martinez)
A Eurasian Scops Owl photo credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Damian Martinez)

The fighting in Gaza has extracted a grave human toll, but some animals have been affected as well. One was lucky enough to make it to the hospital.

About two weeks ago, a long-eared owl was injured by mortar shrapnel in Kibbutz Nirim, near the Gaza border. The owl was found by Ben Itay, a kibbutz member and veterinary student, who brought him to his home. When rocket fire from Gaza eased enough to allow Ben to bring him to the Zoological Park in Ramat Gan, also known as the Safari, vets discovered that the poor creature had lost his vision in his right eye, had a broken beak, and was suffering from shrapnel in his head.

The bird is undergoing treatment at the animal hospital, and vets hope he will be able to return to the wild.

מסיפורי בית החולים לחיות בר של הספארי ורשות הטבע והגנים (הצטרפו לעמוד של בית החולים לעדכונים נוספים)

Posted by ‎ספארי – Zoological Center Tel Aviv – Ramat Gan, Safari‎ on Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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