(WGGB) – A barred owl is now free after taking a early morning ride stuck in the grill of a Vermont man’s truck,
In a statement, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department biologist David Sausville says that just after 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, he got a call from a driver saying that an owl was stuck in the grill of his pickup truck.
When Sausville met up with the driver, he found a barred owl logged
The driver tells Vermont Fish and Widlife officials that the owl was swooping down to the road when the driver couldn’t avoid it and hit it with the truck.
At risk of injuring himself, the driver decided to not try to remove the owl, but rather he continued driving at a slow speed for about eight miles then called Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
“The driver did the right thing by not attempting to help the owl by himself. Owls can do serious damage with their talons if they get a hold of you; they don’t want to let go,” Sausville adds.
Sausville was able to free the owl and place it in a pet carrier for a few hours to recover. The owl has seen been released back into the wild.