Minn. - After weeks of rehab and exercise in Minnesota, a
rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the
nation's capital is being released into the wild.
Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota took in the
owl because it has expertise in replacing damaged
has completed about a three-week exercise program and
regained its physical fitness. Center officials plan to
release it Saturday along the northern Minnesota and
Wisconsin border. Another snowy owl patient from Superior,
Wis., is being released as well.
injured owl was found in downtown Washington in late
January and taken to the National Zoo before being
transferred to a Washington, D.C., wildlife rehabilitation
center. It then came to Minnesota for rehab.
owls are native to the Arctic.