A wild owl in Slovenia lived to see another day thanks to the rescue efforts of a good Samaritan who found the wounded bird.
The story dates back to September of 2012 when a man from Novo Mesto, Slovenia, was in the forest picking mushrooms.
While in the woods, the man noticed a large owl, sitting motionless on a tree in broad daylight.
He decided to approach her, and soon would learn the upsetting reason why she didn’t fly away.
“A week ago, when I was picking mushrooms in Slovenian woods, I saw large owl sitting on a dead tree,” the man captioned the video on YouTube.
“She wasnt scared of me, so I come closer and I started to cuddle her. It was so cute.”
The man gently reached his hand toward the owl and pet the soft feathers surrounding her face.
The owl did not struggle or try to fly away in fear, but allowed the man to pet her face.
She closed her eyes and began to nuzzle against his hand.
It was a bittersweet moment, as the man realized this sweet owl was injured.
“But something was wrong with her,” her man said.
A healthy owl likely would have been moving much more, and this owl was silently still.
The man made the decision to pick the owl up and take her to a veterinarian.
During her exam, the veterinarian said that both of the owl’s wings were broken.
In this case, had the owl not been rescued from the woods, she would not have been able to hunt for food or flee from danger.
But thanks to this kindhearted man, she stood a chance at recovering and being released when she was strong once again.
The owl had surgery on her wings, the man said, and the vets planned to release her into the wild within four months.
“The vet said that this owl is named Slovenian “Kozač” (Strix uralensis),” he said, “and are only 600 couples leaving in Slovenia.”
The good Samaritan urged others to treat wild owls with respect, seeing them as a valuable part of the ecosystem in the Slovenian woods.
“Please do not kill owls, they are so cute and harmless,” he said.
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