Norman officer saves owl from busy highway

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NORMAN, Okla. - An owl is lucky to be alive after a Norman Police officer saved it from a busy highway Thursday morning.

Sgt. Darin Morgan said he was driving along I-35 near Pauls Valley when something caught his eye.

“I saw something sitting on the lane line," Morgan said. "As I passed it, it looked like an owl."

So, he went back to investigate and, sure enough, it was an owl.

“I was shocked," Morgan said. "I’d never seen an owl, especially in the wild and on the highway in the middle of the day."

Seeing it was injured, Morgan did what he felt was right.

With somewhat of a fight, he swaddled the bird and put it in his backpack.

“Then, I seat-belted him in the front seat with me and started driving," Morgan said. "I was a little nervous the whole time."

After an awkward ride, the owl was taken to the WildCare Oklahoma.

“It looks like she was hit by a car,” said Rondi Large, director of WildCare Oklahoma. "She’s keeping the right wing a little low, so we did a radio-graph on her, and you can see the radius ulna, which is the bones here between the elbow and her wrist - both of those bones are broken."

The Great Horned owl is now awaiting to undergo surgery.

If everything goes as planned, it could be set back into the wild in a month.

Caretakers are just glad Morgan gave a hoot to save her.

“She was very fortunate that someone stopped and cared about her, because the bird wouldn’t have survived the night with a broken wing,” Large said.

Those at WildCare Oklahoma are not quite sure but, because of its size, they think the bird is a female.

The director said Great Horned owls venture out into the open more often this time of year to look for food.

She reminds drivers to be wary of them.


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