Officer Rescues Injured Owl Trapped On Highway

Corporal Michael Lathroum of the Maryland Natural Resources Police heard the call on his radio that an owl was trying to navigate her way through rush hour traffic in Maryland when she was hit by a car. The owl was injured and unable to move. The morning commuters spotted the distressed owl and called the police.

Corporal Lathroum was only three minutes away, so he headed over to where the owl had been spotted. The officer was also experienced in handling birds, so it was fate that he showed up to help the poor, confused owl.

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Maryland Natural Resources Police

“He took off his jacket and dropped it over the owl’s head to calm her and give him time to corral the bird’s talons,” a spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police said. “He placed the owl in his car and then put her in a pet carrier.”

The owl, while happy to be off the busy highway, was very disoriented…

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Maryland Natural Resources Police

…and seemed incredibly confused as to why she was suddenly being held in a police car.

The owl was pretty excited while she waited with the officer in his car, but luckily Corporal Lathroum has a ton of experience with birds.

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Maryland Natural Resources Police

“The owl was stressed and stunned,” a spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police said. “She nipped Corporal Lathroum’s hand as he transferred her to the carrier.”

Luckily, the owl didn’t have to wait in the officer’s car for long, and she was soon transported to Frisky’s Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary. The staff at the sanctuary evaluated the owl and determined she would make a full recovery.  The very next day she was already feeling much better.

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Maryland Natural Resources Police

“The owl is being cared for and is expected to be released this spring,” a spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

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