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Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit educational service featuring magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment and who have overcome extraordinary obstacles in their lives. Each bird is an individual and each has a story. Click here to view a recent interview by 207! [Read more >]
Tribute to Teddy-Owl, Saw-whet Owl
We are saddened to report that the 15 year-old Saw-whet Owl, Teddy has passed away. The life expectancy of the Saw-whet is 7-8 years, so we were blessed with Teddy for 12 years. Teddy was injured in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, when not understanding glass he hit a window. His wing was injured so seriously that he was unable to be released back to the wild.
During his life with Wind Over Wings, Teddy-Owl starred in 2,730 environmental educational programs. He participated in wedding ceremonies, blessing of the animals’ church services, bar mitzvahs, memorials and funeral services. During those programs, I’ve had the privilege of watching the adults and children into whose eyes he gazed. They looked back with joy, wonder, and compassion. Before Teddy joined us, I thought that Wind Over Wings’ purpose was to provide life to these birds who are unable to survive in the wild. While we certainly do that, it was Teddy that taught me something very special. We were invited to a memorial service for a child who was killed in an accident. I sat next to the child’s mother during the service while she held Teddy on her hand. For over an hour this little bird looked into her eyes. I realized that these birds are also here to help us get through difficult times.
As the years passed, Teddy began to lose his sight. How traumatic for a bird of prey to lose vision. We moved him indoors to protect him from snow drifts and the strong winds of Maine. He knew where his food was and ate heartily daily.
We are grateful for the time we had with this remarkable tiny owl. His life was well lived, and he was well loved. We celebrate his life.
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