|Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post|
In late January, a snowy owl abandoned the anonymity of the shore to assume a power position atop an awning at a Washington, D.C. building where lobbyists are the usual nesters. It drew a crowd of gawking pedestrians, then flew on to greater photo ops, landing on a ledge at the Washington Post headquarters.
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Fame can exact a heavy cost, as the owl learned when it was struck by a bus and an SUV. After some rehab at The National Zoo, the female was transferred to a much bigger (and very chilly) clinic with a warehouse-sized flight cage.
The location is being kept secret. Dick Cheney's hidden bunker is our guess.
Read the Washington Post's coverage here:
Snowy owl moves on, with no goodbye
In cold isolation, a snowy owl heals
D.C. cops tailed inured owl for two hours
Snowy owl, hit by bus, may have head injury
Bird watchers at rush hour: A snowy owl descends on D.C.