Free bird: Officer rescues snowy owl from prison barbed wire

December 27, 2017 - 4:48 pm

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A resourceful wildlife conservation officer helped to engineer a daring prison escape on Christmas Day.

The subject: A snowy owl that had become trapped between barbed wire in a perimeter fence at the Smithfield prison in Huntingdon.

Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Amanda Isett used a crate, a net and an Army blanket to coax the bird out.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the bird escaped with only some minor skin tears and a few missing feathers. It is being treated at Centre Wildlife Care in Port Matilda, near Penn State University.

The juvenile male is expected to make a full recovery and will be released once its feathers grow back.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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