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Post-rehab, Injured Snowy Owl Released in Superior

Updated: 04/19/2014 10:56 PM
Created: 04/19/2014 3:48 PM WDIO.com

A rare snowy owl that was hit by a bus in the nation's capital in January was released in Superior Saturday.

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state border.

The owl, known as the "D.C. Snowy Owl," flew off immediately upon release.

In late January, the owl was found injured in downtown Washington D.C. The owl was first treated in D.C., but he was then flown to the The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, in need of their rehab expertise.

"What we did was a process called feather imping. He had a number of damaged or burned feathers that had to be replaced. It's an ancient technique that one of our staff members does to replace feathers that have been harvested from a carcass," explained the center's director, Dr. Julia Ponder.

She said the process allows the bird to fly again normally. It has been used for hundreds of years in falconry.

The owl will likely stay in the area for a few days, said Ponder, and then migrate north.

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