Another owl trapped in a car

A great horned owl was recently trapped in the grill of an SUV after it was apparently struck in Florida. It rode several hundred miles in that grill, and was finally seen and released. The good news is that it seems to be okay.’

Go here for a longer video.

Thanks to reader J., who noted with the link:

I thought you might want to share this.  Poor guy was probably scared, but he is fine.  Nice to see that the driver and others cared so much about getting him out and safe. Those eyes…I worked briefly at a wildlife rehab and one of the “patients” was a owl (I honestly can’t remember what kind, but it was big!) and it was nerve wracking getting next to him. The eyes were so piercing and alert as he swayed and hissed at anyone who approached. I would get goosebumps just passing by as the primal, reptilian part of my mind was screeching “please don’t hurt me!”




  1. Marcoli
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Yep! My older brother one day brought home an injured great horned owl ‘for a pet’ (!). Man, those eyes are still with me. It would hiss and make loud snapping sounds with its beak… and watch your every move with those huge yellow eyes.

  2. Hempenstein
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Noted that in both cases, the rescue vehicle was a Ford. Ford: making trucks as owl-friendly as possible.

    • NoAstronomer
      Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      For Owls: Read Directions!

      or maybe…

      Friendly Owls Roost Danger!

      • Hempenstein
        Posted February 13, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink


  3. John Scanlon, FCD
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Inside all those fluffy feathers, owls are much smaller than you’d think.

  4. Roger Lovell
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Ref John Scanlon – Yes! See this :

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