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Updated: 05/11/2014 08:00:01AM

Not your typical mother hen

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SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA
"Screech," a female Eastern screech owl, sits quietly, watching over her foster babies at the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda. The owl was brought to the animal sanctuary in 2008 after suffering a debilitating accident that left her blind in one eye. Screech has been taking care of six baby owls, feeding them and teaching them how to hunt.

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA
This brood of screech owls represents just a handful of the foster owls being cared for by "Screech," a female Eastern screech owl at the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda. Screech was taken to the wildlife sanctuary after suffering an injury that left her blind in one eye. Despite having just two baby owls of her own, Screech's maternal instinct is high. She's currently raising six foster owls.

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA
This baby screech owl is among the half-dozen foster owls being cared for by "Screech," a half-blind female Eastern screech owl at the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda. The mother owl feeds the babies and cares for them until they are old enough to go into the wild on their own.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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PUNTA GORDA — When “Screech,” a rescued Eastern screech owl, was dropped off in 2008 at the Peace River Wildlife Center, she was in pretty bad shape.

The young owl had suffered a collision that left her flightless and blind in one eye.

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