Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Snowy Owl, a former D.C. celeb, is released to the wild

The Snowy Owl who captured the attention of residents and reporters in the nation's capital, perching atop a lobbying firm's awning and then at the Washington Post building, has taken flight in Minnesota after two months of rehabilitation for injuries sustained after being struck by a D.C. bus.

The Associated Press reports:
The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl on Saturday outside Superior, Wis., near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state border.
Center director Julia Ponder says the owl is in great condition and flew off with strong, steady wing beats. She says it will hopefully head north.

The owl was found injured in downtown Washington in late January and taken to the National Zoo before being transferred to a Washington, D.C., wildlife rehabilitation center. It then came to Minnesota for rehab, because The Raptor Center has expertise in replacing damaged feathers.

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