We have ‘horse whisperers’ and ‘dog whisperers’ – and now, we see what may be the first evidence of a ‘birds of prey whisperer!” Douglas “Doug” Pojeky (aka “birds of prey whisperer) is president of Wild at Heart Rescue, located in Mississippi. Their mission is to rehabilitate or aid any sick, orphaned, or injured wild animal and release them back into the wild.
As the nickname implies, that Doug has the ability to ‘communicate’ with birds of prey. When Wild at Heart Rescue found GiGi, a great horned owl, she had aspergillosis (a respiratory disease similar to pneumonia), a severe concussion, and parasites.
It is believed GiGi was hit by a car. Missy Dubuisson, founder and director of Wild at Heart said GiGi was one of the most critically injured patients the rescue has ever seen.
GiGi was in such bad shape that during the initial part of her recovery, she actually lost one pound – which is a significant loss because great horned owls usually weigh 2-5 pounds.