Gracie is a resident animal at the sanctuary. She has a partial wing amputation and cannot be released back into the wild.
The Short-Eared Owl is a species of a typical owl. It is a medium-sized owl measuring 34–43 cm (13–17 in) in length and weighing 206–475 g (7.3–16.8 oz). It has large eyes, big head, short neck, and broad wings. Its bill is short, strong, hooked and black. Its plumage is mottled tawny to brown with a barred tail and wings. The upper breast is significantly streaked. Its flight is characteristically floppy due to its irregular wingbeats. The Short-eared Owl may also be described as "moth or bat-like" in flight. In Scotland this species of owl is often referred to as a cataface, grass owl or short-horned hootlet. Concerning their short ears, they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. These "ear" tufts may or may not be visible. The short ear owl will display its tufts when in a defensive pose. However, its very short tufts are usually not visible.