Great Gray Owl
Louis is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He was brought to a rehabilitator with a stick protruding from his eye. This makes Louis one of our few birds whose injury was natural, not caused by humans. Unfortunately, the eye could not be saved, and Louis was declared non-releasable.
Louis spent a portion of his time living at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota before coming to VINS in 2000. Even with this experience living in captivity, Louis is wary when our volunteers enter his enclosure. When he gets nervous, he likes to drop "surprises" on the volunteer’s heads!
Though the oldest recorded wild Great Gray Owl was nearly 19 years old, Louis likely hatched in 1991, making him over 26 years old!