When humans spot wildlife in distress, sometimes the best call is just to leave the animal alone so it can recover on its own and avoid any additional trauma by being removed from its natural habitat.
Other times, the animal does need a helping human hand, such as this young bird who makes its home in the dense woods near Kingston, New York.
Two officers from the Kingston Police Department, Jeremy Arciello and Kenneth Palmer, were patrolling overnight on March 17 when they saw what looked like a bird sitting motionless along the rumble strip of a highway.
Obviously, any bird that could have flown away from the dangerous area would have, so the officers went to check on the bird to see if it was alive or had injuries.
What they found was a young owl, which the officers believe was likely hit by a car along the highway.
The owl was not able to fly away, so the officers scooped it up, wrapped a cozy blanket around its small body and brought it to Marbletown Animal Hospital.
The next morning, the young owl was brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility for proper treatment.
Kingston police gave an update on the bird, reporting that the rehab staff told them the owl had no broken bones and was strong.
Staff felt optimistic about the owl’s recovery and said they would release it back into the wild where it was found, once the bird was healed.
After the Kingston police department shared the story of the owl on Facebook, followers have written to thank the officers for protecting not only humans but the animals that also call Kingston home.
“Thank you to all who have followed this baby owl’s journey!” Marbletown Animal Hospital wrote on Facebook.
“This baby was checked out by Dr. Gramazio and then turned over to a wild life rehabilitator until he is ready to be released.
“Thank you to Officer Seyfarth and the Kingston Police Department for his safe capture!”
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