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Amos Rehabilitation Keep unveils reconstructed Flight Therapy Cage

Posted at 5:53 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 18:53:23-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Hurricane Harvey swept through the Texas coast line more than two years ago. For many in the Coastal Bend, recovery efforts continue.

The Amos Rehabilitation Keep also known as the ARK in Port Aransas sustained extensive damage. The ARK rehabilitates marine turtles and marine birds from the coastal zone of Mustang Island and St. Joseph Island.

The facility's costs to fix the damages was up to $45 million which is the reason why repairs are on a tortoise-like pace, but some progress is being made. Work just wrapped up on the ARK's new $100,000 Flight Rehabilition Cage. It will be used for flight therapy on hundreds of injured birds like the great horned owl.

"It is so important for bird rehab because it allows us to let these guys stretch out their wings and really start to fly. And we can test them for live prey and how well they can survive in the wild," said ARK Program Coodinator, Alicia Walker.

The new flight cage is one of the largest bird rehab facilities in South Texas.