Owl Smashes into Truck and Travels 300 Miles in the Grille (Photos)
A man moving from Alabama to Naples, Florida, traveled 300 miles with an owl stuck in his truck’s grille. The owl survived.
The man said that he saw a car ahead of him swerve on the interstate to avoid the owl. But then he hit it and it became lodged in the front of the truck.
He never stopped to assess the damage. But once he reached his destination, he saw the damage to the grille --- as well as the Great Horned Owl as a stowaway.
He called the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and they sent over a volunteer to help get the bird out.
Amazingly, the bird did more damage to the truck than to itself.
According to Tampabay.com, the owl had some swelling, lost a few feathers, and had a laceration on one of its wings due to hitting the truck. It was given some fluids, pain medications and laser therapy. The owl has since moved to an outside enclosure as it continues to recover.
The Great Horned Owl, also known as the “Hoot Owl” can be found in all 50 states, as well as Canada and South America. They generally weigh around three pounds and can be as tall as two feet, but its wingspan average around four feet.
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