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Old 05-01-2017, 05:22 PM
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That was GREAT. Thanks
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:28 PM
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Several years ago I was driving to work in a torrential rain at about 5:00 a.m. I saw something in the headlights on the side of the road as I whizzed on by and thought it was a dog, so I did a u-turn and went back. Turns out it was a huge owl just standing along the road. I figured maybe it had been hit and stunned by a car. There was a wild bird sanctuary about 10 miles from my work, so I figured I would take the owl to work, wait until the sanctuary opened, and then take the owl to the sanctuary if it lived that long.

I had my welding gear in the truck so I put on my leather gloves and took a beach towel and draped it over the owl. It never looked at me or moved or anything - just stood there. By now I was blocking traffic, holding a wet, stunned owl in a beach towel in a rainstorm. I figured I would just tuck the owl under my arm and drive the last 5 miles to work and then find a big box.

Well, about a mile short of work the owl came to. It let out a screech that nearly deafened me, looked me straight in the eyes, and then bent down and took a full-beaked chunk out of my arm. As you could imagine it hurt like heck but I knew if I let it go I was in for worse trouble. I managed to retain one talon in my gloved hand but its wings got loose and it tried to fly inside the truck. Owls have bony protrusions on their wings similar to a really sharp rooster spur (shorter but sharper). These tiny stilettos were gouging the flesh on my arm while I was trying to pull over and get out of traffic. Finally after about 10 seconds of Helter-Skelter I just stopped in traffic and jumped out of the truck. The owl sat on the seat for a few seconds and then flew away into the dark.

Someone behind be had gotten out to see what the trouble was and said, "Hey mister, an owl just flew out of your truck." I turned to look at him. I was covered in blood on my arms and face. I said, "No s**t" and got back in my truck and went to work. A still have a deep scar where his beak took a chunk out of me.
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Very cool video. That guy deserves a medal.


Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
same here, you know what, I really believe that many animals know when they are in life or death trouble, and must figure what do I have to lose, and let humans intervene.



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Several years ago I was driving to work in a torrential rain at about 5:00 a.m. I saw something in the headlights on the side of the road as I whizzed on by and thought it was a dog, so I did a u-turn and went back. Turns out it was a huge owl just standing along the road. I figured maybe it had been hit and stunned by a car. There was a wild bird sanctuary about 10 miles from my work, so I figured I would take the owl to work, wait until the sanctuary opened, and then take the owl to the sanctuary if it lived that long.

I had my welding gear in the truck so I put on my leather gloves and took a beach towel and draped it over the owl. It never looked at me or moved or anything - just stood there. By now I was blocking traffic, holding a wet, stunned owl in a beach towel in a rainstorm. I figured I would just tuck the owl under my arm and drive the last 5 miles to work and then find a big box.

Well, about a mile short of work the owl came to. It let out a screech that nearly deafened me, looked me straight in the eyes, and then bent down and took a full-beaked chunk out of my arm. As you could imagine it hurt like heck but I knew if I let it go I was in for worse trouble. I managed to retain one talon in my gloved hand but its wings got loose and it tried to fly inside the truck. Owls have bony protrusions on their wings similar to a really sharp rooster spur (shorter but sharper). These tiny stilettos were gouging the flesh on my arm while I was trying to pull over and get out of traffic. Finally after about 10 seconds of Helter-Skelter I just stopped in traffic and jumped out of the truck. The owl sat on the seat for a few seconds and then flew away into the dark.

Someone behind be had gotten out to see what the trouble was and said, "Hey mister, an owl just flew out of your truck." I turned to look at him. I was covered in blood on my arms and face. I said, "No s**t" and got back in my truck and went to work. A still have a deep scar where his beak took a chunk out of me.

Holy cow! Reminds me of this story from a few years back:


Beach-horror: Holiday maker eye pecked out by seabird he was trying to save.


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Old 05-01-2017, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Riding High View Post
Several years ago I was driving to work in a torrential rain at about 5:00 a.m. I saw something in the headlights on the side of the road as I whizzed on by and thought it was a dog, so I did a u-turn and went back. Turns out it was a huge owl just standing along the road. I figured maybe it had been hit and stunned by a car. There was a wild bird sanctuary about 10 miles from my work, so I figured I would take the owl to work, wait until the sanctuary opened, and then take the owl to the sanctuary if it lived that long.

I had my welding gear in the truck so I put on my leather gloves and took a beach towel and draped it over the owl. It never looked at me or moved or anything - just stood there. By now I was blocking traffic, holding a wet, stunned owl in a beach towel in a rainstorm. I figured I would just tuck the owl under my arm and drive the last 5 miles to work and then find a big box.

Well, about a mile short of work the owl came to. It let out a screech that nearly deafened me, looked me straight in the eyes, and then bent down and took a full-beaked chunk out of my arm. As you could imagine it hurt like heck but I knew if I let it go I was in for worse trouble. I managed to retain one talon in my gloved hand but its wings got loose and it tried to fly inside the truck. Owls have bony protrusions on their wings similar to a really sharp rooster spur (shorter but sharper). These tiny stilettos were gouging the flesh on my arm while I was trying to pull over and get out of traffic. Finally after about 10 seconds of Helter-Skelter I just stopped in traffic and jumped out of the truck. The owl sat on the seat for a few seconds and then flew away into the dark.

Someone behind be had gotten out to see what the trouble was and said, "Hey mister, an owl just flew out of your truck." I turned to look at him. I was covered in blood on my arms and face. I said, "No s**t" and got back in my truck and went to work. A still have a deep scar where his beak took a chunk out of me.
Awesome! I love a good "no good deed goes unpunished" story!
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Old 05-01-2017, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Riding High View Post
Several years ago I was driving to work in a torrential rain at about 5:00 a.m. I saw something in the headlights on the side of the road as I whizzed on by and thought it was a dog, so I did a u-turn and went back. Turns out it was a huge owl just standing along the road. I figured maybe it had been hit and stunned by a car. There was a wild bird sanctuary about 10 miles from my work, so I figured I would take the owl to work, wait until the sanctuary opened, and then take the owl to the sanctuary if it lived that long.

I had my welding gear in the truck so I put on my leather gloves and took a beach towel and draped it over the owl. It never looked at me or moved or anything - just stood there. By now I was blocking traffic, holding a wet, stunned owl in a beach towel in a rainstorm. I figured I would just tuck the owl under my arm and drive the last 5 miles to work and then find a big box.

Well, about a mile short of work the owl came to. It let out a screech that nearly deafened me, looked me straight in the eyes, and then bent down and took a full-beaked chunk out of my arm. As you could imagine it hurt like heck but I knew if I let it go I was in for worse trouble. I managed to retain one talon in my gloved hand but its wings got loose and it tried to fly inside the truck. Owls have bony protrusions on their wings similar to a really sharp rooster spur (shorter but sharper). These tiny stilettos were gouging the flesh on my arm while I was trying to pull over and get out of traffic. Finally after about 10 seconds of Helter-Skelter I just stopped in traffic and jumped out of the truck. The owl sat on the seat for a few seconds and then flew away into the dark.

Someone behind be had gotten out to see what the trouble was and said, "Hey mister, an owl just flew out of your truck." I turned to look at him. I was covered in blood on my arms and face. I said, "No s**t" and got back in my truck and went to work. A still have a deep scar where his beak took a chunk out of me.
Sorry Riding High, you sound like a really good guy, but I could not stop laughing as I thought about your story. You my friend have the same luck as I do.
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Old 05-02-2017, 07:52 AM
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Wow, very cool video and great job by the groundskeeper removing the line!
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Old 05-02-2017, 05:50 PM
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The owl whisperer
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Old 05-02-2017, 05:57 PM
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So that is why I didn't get my letter to Hogwarts... you didn't happen to see one there did you ?
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:57 PM
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Owls are so cool looking. I wonder why it didn't flip out when the was lifting his wings and checking it out?? I thought I would see the owl flopping around trying to get away but it almost looked like it knew the guy was helping it. The owl never even tried to bite the guy.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:22 PM
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Owls are so cool looking. I wonder why it didn't flip out when the was lifting his wings and checking it out?? I thought I would see the owl flopping around trying to get away but it almost looked like it knew the guy was helping it. The owl never even tried to bite the guy.
Hooding a raptor is the normal procedure. They calm down when they cannot see
Great job to get the fishing line off the owl without a hood.

Note to self: Properly dispose of my fishing line.
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