Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Rusty and Iris' Happy Reunion
In Rusty's absence Iris had to deal with Rhett and Delilah's nightly intrusions. Besides hooting on and around their aviaries, Rhett and Delilah figured out how to get INTO the open flight pen. The door had been left open so the owlets could return to mooch food if needed, but they didn't.
It seemed a long wait to get through Rusty's medication dosing so he could go back with Iris. I was only too happy to close the outside door to the flight pen to prevent the wild owls from coming in and to put Rusty back out there. He was disoriented at first, probably from a combination of being in a dog carrier for almost a week and from the effects of missing his right eye. Their eyes are huge, so missing that much weight on one side of his head could easily affect things.
Rusty didn't fly much once he got up onto a perch, but he did hoot some, as did Iris.
It wasn't until the next night, after Rusty had eaten his last pill-laden food, that I could open the door between the pens so Rusty and Iris could be together again. And what a happy occasion it was!!