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Owl survives head-on collision with pickup

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Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife Department Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife Department
Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife Department Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife Department
Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife Department Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife Department
ADDISON COUNTY, Vt. -

A Vermont owl survived a harrowing encounter with a pickup truck in Addison County earlier this month.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department was called in to help early on the morning of Dec. 11 when the barred owl got stuck in the grill of the truck. The driver said he couldn't avoid the big bird when it swooped down to the road after some prey. He pulled over and found the owl still alive, but with its head lodged in his grill. It was flapping its wings and splaying its talons, so the driver called the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department for help.

"The driver did the right thing by not attempting to help the owl by himself," Vt. Fish and Wildlife Biologist David Sausville said. "Owls can do serious damage with their talons if they get a hold of you; they don't want to let go."

Sausville used thick welding gloves to hold the owl by its talons, while the driver pulled the bird's head from the grill. Sausville then put the owl in a plastic pet carrier while it recovered from the collision. It was apparently uninjured, and Sausville was able to release the owl back into the wild just a few hours later.

Vt. Fish and Wildlife urges drivers to be especially vigilant around dawn and dusk when many wildlife species are most active. Click here for more information on what to do if you find a sick or injured animal.

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