Special care for injured owl

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Amanda King says it was the discovery of a lifetime earlier this month when she found an injured barred owl in the road and scooped him up to safety.

“Hoot” the owl was on his way to recovery.

King was on her way from her Lowell Road house to pick up some take-out when she made the unusual discovery. She didn’t know much about owls but soon received a quick education.

Hoot was taken to Judy Cusworth at Woodhaven Wildlife Center in Chadwicks. Unfortunately, Hoot had suffered a bad break above the joint to one of his legs. Cusworth transported him to Cornell Wildlife Hospital, and he immediately underwent surgery Sunday morning. He spent a couple days resting, but had to have more surgery. The owl will have to undergo rehab before he’s ready to be released back into the wild.

Some may call it fate, others luck, but Amanda King, of Rome, calls the encounter she had with her new feathered friend Saturday a stroke of heavenly intervention.

But of all the things that seemed to go wrong or at least not quite their way on that Saturday, Amanda said she appreciates the special unexpected gift of friendship she, her children and boyfriend received that night. So does Hoot.

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