After weeks of rehab and exercise in Minnesota, a rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation’s capital has being released into the wild. The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota took in the owl because it has expertise in replacing damaged feathers.
A rare snowy owl that gained national attention when it was apparently hit by a bus in the nation’s capital is scheduled to be released into the wild after a rehab stint in Minnesota. The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota plans to release the owl on Saturday along the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin border.
WCCO recently told you about a snowy owl at University of Minnesota’s The Raptor Center. It came from Washington, D.C. with burned feathers, and couldn’t fly. On Wednesday, the owl got to try out those new feathers on a tethered test flight. Volunteers let him fly at a field on the St. Paul campus.
A snowy owl who came to Minnesota after being injured in Washington, D.C. is recovering after a unique procedure.
Snowy owls are showing up in large numbers this winter, frequenting areas far from their normal arctic habitat. On a light pole in Ramsey Monday sat a snowy that has become somewhat of a star, posing for all kinds of incredible nature photographs.
As bad as winter has been in the Twin Cities, conditions are apparently much worse up in Canada. At least that’s one of the major factors that’s pushing a beautiful boreal creature to fly south.