The Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville on Wednesday admitted its record 1,000th patient of the year, an injured barred owl that likely collided with a car.
It was the first time CRCs Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center had treated 1,000 birds in a year and an apparent record for any U.S. raptor medical center. The center admitted 834 birds in 2011.
The center treats only owls, hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures and other birds of prey. About 70 percent of the birds treated are released to the wild.
The barred owl admitted Wednesday had a broken bone in the shoulder, called a coracoid. It was also emaciated and had eye injuries. The bird was found by a roadside in Davie County. Follow its progress at http://raptormed.carolinaraptorcenter.org by entering the medical chart number 16690.