FD: Injured owl released back into wild

Posted at 11:12 PM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 02:12:08-04

An injured owl hit by a car was released back into the wild on Monday, according to a video released by the Buckeye Fire Department.

Bob Fox with Wild at Heart, a rescue and rehabilitation center, says they were called by Buckeye Fire officials to assist the owl after it was hit by a car in July.

The adult male owl suffered spinal and head injuries. 

Fox said the owl could not eat on his own and was fed through a tube until he regained his strength.

After a couple months of rehabilitation, including laser therapy, the owl was well enough to be released on Monday evening. 

Fox says they frequently get calls from police and fire departments who encounter injured birds of prey.

According to the Wild at Heart Facebook page, Firefighter Kenji Yoshimura rescued the bird on July 19th. 

While in rehab, the owl was named "Fire Station" after the men and women at Buckeye Fire Department who helped save him.