Panther Creek’s barred owl dies after illness

Teddy, the popular barred owl who has been a resident of Panther Creek State Park since 2016, died Thursday while being treated for an illness at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

A member of the Panther Creek State Park family, Teddy, the barred owl, died last week under medical care, park officials announced.

Teddy, a non-releasable owl with only partial vision in one eye, came to the park in 2016 where he served to educate park visitors and local school children.

The owl, which had been struck by a car, was taken to numerous schools in Hamblen County and throughout the region where he was used to teach about various owls, their habitat and their behavior.

Teddy died after a brief illness despite the best efforts of the veterinary staff at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“Teddy will be missed by the staff and many visitors to Panther Creek State Park,” officials said.