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Injured Owl Rescued from Highway by California Police

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Getting stuck on Highway 101 is definitely something to hoot about.

That’s what one owl learned last Friday when it was apparently hit by a vehicle and found itself injured near the center divider of the California highway, The Press Democrat reports.

California Highway Patrolman Justin Fetterly responded to the call about the barn owl, and when he arrived at the scene, he cornered the bird with fellow officer Brian Wood. Fetterly used an emergency blanket to scoop up the bird and then drove with it in his lap to a nearby emergency animal hospital in Santa Rosa.

“He was pretty calm once I held him,” Fetterly told The Press Democrat.

The bird – who is now recovering at Santa Rosa’s Bird Rescue Center – has swelling on its left shoulder, damage to the left eye, and coordination issues.

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Ashton Kluttz of the Bird Rescue Center told the Associated Press that the owl can eventually be released into the wild, even with one functioning eye.