Dr. Trent Shrader sees a lot of animals at the Nebraska Exotic Vet Southpaw Vet Clinic in Omaha. He’s used to handling wildlife, including birds, raccoons, reptiles, chickens, and more.
When a wild owl was found with infected feet, Dr. Trent Shraders was there to help. He performed surgery on the owl’s feet and covered them in bandages to heal.
Having two healthy feet is incredibly important for owls.
According to the National Audubon Society, “Owls are zygodactyl, which means their feet have two forward-facing toes and two backward-facing toes. Unlike most other zygodactyl birds, however, owls can pivot one of their back toes forward to help them grip and walk.”
Things seemed to be going well for the wild owl until a hilarious mishap was caught on video.
Dr. Shrader decided to use the owl to make a “safety demonstration” video on how to handle owls. However, mid-video, the owl ends up face-planting right into his cage! Oops.
“Owls are top-heavy apparently,” Dr. Shraders captioned the post, which was shared on TikTok.
He added in the text overlay, “We don’t get second takes in wildlife medicine.”
Thankfully, the owl ended up being just fine. He shared on TikTok, “And he sorted out that perch in about 2 minutes, even with the bandages.”
Check out the clip below:
@drtrentshrader Owls are top-heavy apparently #mondays #owltok #boots ♬ The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Vittorio Fraja