The snowy owl that captured the nation’s capital attention when it perched at The Washington Post building and survived being hit by a bus has died. The University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center in St. Paul says on its website that the owl, which had undergone rehab there, was found dead on the shoulder of a Minnesota highway.
It’s one of those rare treats of Mother Nature. A bird seldom seen south of the Canadian border is becoming a common sight among many this winter, as Minnesotans come face to face with the snowy owl.
We’re the kind of family that makes at least one trek to each of the zoos in the Twin Cities every year. We love both the Minnesota Zoo and Como Zoo, each for different reasons. When we’re in the mood for a more intimate day that involves less time and considerably less walking, we head to Como. And when we’re craving the full-blown, walk until you drop, all day experience, we head to the Minnesota Zoo!
One minute Chris Hatfield of Two Harbors was cruising along on his snowmobile and the next minute he was unconscious after being hit in the head by an owl.