Local Family Helps Rescue Owl

By: Enrique Ramirez Email
By: Enrique Ramirez Email

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Monday, October 3, 2011

It wasn't show-and-tell at school today, but a local family had quite a story to tell.

The Allen children were on their way to school Monday morning, when something caught their eye in a northwest Wichita backyard.

"They came in screaming, there's an owl in the batting cage," said Shea Allen. The family noticed the bird was trapped in the netting, and called for help.

Ken Lockwood, Eagle Valley Raptor Center Program Director, said a female great horned owl got tangled in the cage. He said he believes the owl was chasing down her dinner last night and flew into the netting.

The family helped Lockwood rescue the owl. She flew away after a few snips.

"We checked her wings, her feet, her tail feathers, nothing was broken," Lockwood said. "Her feathers looked great."

Lockwood said he hopes the wildlife lesson was a good experience for the family.

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