People and property were not the only casualties of the tornado that whipped through Colorado two weeks ago.
The Rocky Mountain Raptor Project is helping to heal birds of prey injured during the tornado. A horned owl rescued from an irrigation pipe is recovering from a head wound and a shoulder injury. Five baby kestrals were orphaned when their nest tree smashed into a shed. The babies were unhurt, but surely would have starved to death without the help of some kind-hearted rescuers who were dealing with their own tornado damage.
Several of these storm victims were caked in mud and had to be carefully cleaned. While these animals were lucky, no one knows how many birds or othe wildlife were killed during the disaster.
Recovery for these birds could take as long as six months.