FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County police say that an old owl that flew into cars, signs and buildings, then had to be rescued from a wire is at a rehabilitation center.
According to police, Animal Control officers had gotten calls for four day about an owl widely flying around in the area of Richmond Highway intersection near Sacramento Drive. Last Friday, after more than an hour officers were able to rescue the owl at approximately 11 a.m. He had perched on a wire about 20 feet high. Citizens, patrol officers and fire department members helped officers throw towels at him to bring him down. He landed on a parking lot and they netted him.
Animal Control Officers reported that the owl was very ill and malnourished. He was also missing one eye. The other eye was covered in cataracts.
Officers say the owl would not have been able to hunt and may have to live in captivity after his recovery period at a raptor rehabilitation center in Falls Church.
See photos of the owl above, courtesy of the Fairfax County Police Department.