Dr. Susan Kelleher is a veterinarian that sees almost every animal, except cats and dogs.
Her days are filled with overweight birds, stressed out lynxes, ailing turtles, hedgehogs with broken bones, and just about every other animal in between. She treats them all at her exotic animal clinic in South Florida, a facility that is also the center of the show Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER.
As an owner of cats, dogs, birds, tortoises and more, Dr. K. understandably adores all critters, but there are a few that stand out as her most-adored patients. One of the vet’s favorite animals to treat are owls.
These birds of prey get a spooky rep, thanks to their connections to Halloween. Barn owls have even been mistaken for ghosts due to their floating, pale appearance that can occasionally glow-in-the-dark due to photoluminescent mushrooms that get stuck to their fathers.
But while these fliers can look a little scary, with the horned feathers and rotating heads, they are just as vulnerable as any other animal to mishaps and health problems. Even these magical nocturnal creatures find themselves in the waiting room from time to time.
In the above clip from Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER second season, currently airing on NatGeo Wild, Dr. K is brought a tiny screech owl with a mysterious ailment.
If you thought owls were spooky, you might feel differently after you see one get an X-ray.
To see more of Dr. K and her patients, tune in to NatGeo Wild’s Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER on Saturdays at 9/8c.