World’s luckiest owl survives high-speed faceplant

Here’s some good animal news for the new year. A report at i09 describes “the world’s luckiest owl”: a barred owl (Strix varia) in Vermont. This unlucky bird flew into a truck traveling at 55 miles per hour, planting its face in the grill:

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But it apparently survived without harm!

After being carefully separated from the truck by Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials, the bird reportedly clicked its beak a few times and flew off, apparently unscathed.

There’s a YouTube video of the report from Vermont’s WCAX TV:

h/t: George P.

30 Comments

  1. Rob
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Ford?

  2. Posted January 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    It is truly heartwarming to see the concern these folks showed for this bird.

  3. Colin Daniels
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Sure “the world’s luckiest owl” would have flown righ past the vehicle without the embarrasing impact.

    • Colin Daniels
      Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Surely*

      • Posted January 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

        My thoughts, exactly — and stop calling us surly!

        b&

        • HaggisForBrains
          Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

          OK, Shirley.

          • Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

            Ever been to a Turkish bath?

            b&

            • HaggisForBrains
              Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

              Only if there are gladiators there.

              • Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

                Are you suggesting that those who frequent Turkish bath houses are, shall we say, proficient with languages?

                b&

              • HaggisForBrains
                Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

                If you mean good with tongues…

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      Almost makes one feel sorry for all those poor unfortunate owls who never get to see the inside of a truck grille.

  4. Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Apparently, that owl being rock solid beat that truck being Ford tough.

  5. Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    And, the reporter’s name was Cat….

  6. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    An owl + the reporter in the field is one Cat Viglienzoni? Perfect JAC material…

    Does the name “Viglienzoni” have a meaning?

    • Hempenstein
      Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      Also impressive – they described CV as their Science Reporter (0:08). How many rural areas have one of those? Good job, Vermont!

      • Don
        Posted January 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

        Burlington isn’t a rural area. Vermont may be the most rural of the states, but the Burlington area (pop. 100,000) is a crowded, busy, cosmopolitan, and progressive community, home to the U. of Vermont, IBM, GE, the state’s international airport, and so on. And WCAX-TV serves the entire state, too, where we Vermonters share a strong, common interest in agriculture, wildlife, meteorology, and forestry.

        • aspidoscelis
          Posted January 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

          Hm. I don’t think Vermont is the most rural state, but maybe that’s true for a certain definition of “most rural”.

          For average population density, or percent of the state below the suburban/rural cutoff, I’m pretty sure Vermont isn’t it (nor close to it), but for some of the other possibilities (e.g., percent of the state’s population living in rural vs. urban/suburban areas) I’m not sure.

  7. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I think Santa watched over his family (those who go “ho ho ho”).

    Though, funny how it hit at the left but came out owl right.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Owl’s well that ends well.

  8. gravelinspector
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Ouch!
    That’s probably a contender for the worst hangover for this New Year.

  9. dogugotw
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m in NH and had a similar interaction with my Ford Ranger and an owl. My owl was quite small (not sure of the species). It swooped left to right in front of me one dark morning and jammed his head between the top of the bumper and the bottom of the grill. I didn’t realize I’d hit it until that afternoon when I went back to my truck to go home and saw the body sticking out of my bumper. Needless to say, my little owl was not alive and was a real pain to dislodge. I think the Audubon Society was able to use it as a stuffed mount at their Concord office.

  10. Posted January 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.1096156

    – another bird rescue video.

    Very heartwarming.

  11. Snuffy Smith
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I like the way she said, “You can find out HOO to contact” at the end. : )

    • Don
      Posted January 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      That would be HOOM.

  12. marksolock
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

  13. Achrachno
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I have trouble believing this owl didn’t have some serious internal injuries, even though it could fly away. Maybe I’m just too pessimistic. I hope I’m wrong and it’s OK.

    If it is alright, would this be a miracle from God? Where’d that Steve get to?

    • Posted January 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      I’m afraid you’re right– a lot of birds that survive window impacts and fly away, later succumb to injuries sustained in the collision.

  14. George
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I think I can now claim to be WEIT’s unofficial owl reporter. This is the second owl item from me that Jerry has used in less than a year. I am so honored. The earlier one was better:

    http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/battle-between-a-snowy-owl-and-a-peregrine-falcon-in-chicago/

  15. Blondin
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Apparently the owl did suffer some minor temporary injuries to his throat and genital areas. For a week or so after the accident he couldn’t hoot worth a fuck or fuck worth a hoot.


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