Snowy owl recovered from injuries!

Snowy owl recovered from injuries!

One thing I tend to do when I open up the newspaper, is look for something positive among all of the negative, sad stories within the paper. I am usually able to find something that makes me smile, after many terrible tragedies have broken my heart with my early morning coffee. While reading the Chicago Tribune today, I was quite excited to find a positive story and better yet, one that involved animals! This story did not start out positive at first, but it quickly became a happy day for this little owl.

A lovely snowy owl, who was currently migrating, was hit by an SUV and caught on the grill of the vehicle. The driver and a local police officer removed the owl from the grill of the vehicle and quickly brought her to Willowbrook Wildlife Center for treatment. The owl was examined upon arrival and it turned out she had a fractured collar bone, fractured ribs and damage to one of her eyes. Because she is naturally from the Tundra, this is the first time the owl has had any time of human contact and was very frightened at first.

After receiving the necessary medical treatment, she was placed in the raptor flight facility at Willowbrook- a large open area that is ideal for birds during their healing process. Thanks to the wonderful people at the wildlife center, she has healed quickly. She is able to fly, her eyes have not been damaged and she will be released back into the wild once again.