Animal Control Effort Saves Elderly Owl

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News Release:  12/324/(LHC)
November 19, 2012


Animal Control Effort Saves Elderly Owl


            Mount Vernon Police District – Dozens of concerned motorists and pedestrians watched as an owl flew wildly into cars, signs and buildings last week.

            For four days, Animal Control Officers received calls and responded to the Richmond Highway intersection near Sacramento Drive last week to investigate the reports. Finally, on Friday, November 16 officers were able to rescue the owl at around 11 a.m. Officers worked for over an hour trying to capture the owl after he had perched on a wire about 20 feet high. With assistance from citizens, patrol officers and the fire department, officers threw towels up at him, he landed on a parking lot and they netted him.

            Animal Control Officers observed his condition; he was clearly very ill and malnourished. With one eye missing and the other covered in cataracts, he would not have been able to hunt. The “senior” owl was delivered to a raptor rehabilitation center in Falls Church where he is in stable condition.

            It is expected that he will survive; however, he may have to live in captivity since his ability to hunt has diminished.

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Animal Control Officers work to rescue owl on wire.                                Owl is now recovering at a Falls Church area rehab center.




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