Owls released after treatment at LSU Wildlife Hospital
Article Date: 2005-06-09 Source: http://www.2theadvocate.com
By Mike Dunne
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. - The woods and fields south of Louisiana State University got a little wiser Wednesday evening.
Two symbols of wisdom - a barred owl and a great horned owl - were returned to the wild after being treated at LSU's Wildlife Hospital.
Dr. Mark Mitchell and his students repaired the wing on one and treated an
abscessed infection on the other so the birds could return to the wild.
Before both flew the coop, so to speak, Lakota-Cherokee-MicMaq Indian Johnice
Daniel performed a purification ceremony, singing a song in Lakota "praising all
The owl is seen as a sign of wisdom to Lakotas, the American Indians portrayed
in the movie "Dances with Wolves." The Cherokee and the MicMaq consider the owl
a symbol of wisdom but one whose appearance usually foretells a negative event.
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