Van Gogh was discovered on the road by a passing motorist, conscious and coherent but with severe injuries to the left side of her head. We assume she was hit by a car. She ultimately lost the use of both her left eye (a setback, but not a critical impairment) and ear (much more serious – this prevents her from triangulating the location of prey when hunting). This feisty little owl is now frequently taken to outreach programs (she’s travel-sized!) and has adapted very well to life in captivity, though she still clacks and mantles at anyone approaching her mew or carrier.