Rescue
Midwestern couple has hilarious discussion while rescuing owl
The way this owl looks at his rescuer!
D.G. Sciortino
05.06.22

Chicken coops are meant to keep chickens safe from the elements and predators.

But one owl decided that he would bust into one Midwestern couple’s chicken coop anyway.

Once the couple discovered that there was an owl in their chicken run, hilarity ensued.

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And thankfully, for us, it was captured on video.

“Holy cow you are pretty,” a woman says off-camera as she witnesses the owl’s outstretched majestic wingspan.

And this wasn’t a tiny owl. He probably weighed as much as two chickens did and had some pretty hefty talons. The woman went from awe to fear pretty quickly.

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“Honey, he’s going to claw you to death!” the woman told her partner.

But, her partner didn’t seem that concerned.

“Hi, hello,” he cooed to the handsome owl. “You are so big and beautiful.”

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They surmised that the owl must have injured itself. He seemed to be tangled up in some fencing.

The male partner then bravely approached the sharp-clawed bird to help him untangle himself from the fencing.

“Don’t get me, please don’t get me. I’m trying to help, OK? I’m a helper,” the man said.

“Look for the helpers, owl. Like Mister Rogers said,” the woman explained.

Somehow the bird seemed to get it because he let the man hold him and try to untangle him without making a fuss. Maybe this was X the Owl himself!

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“Oh my god, you’re so cool,” the man said.

“OK, but we’re not keeping him!” the woman warned.

The man continues to calmly help the owl, telling him he had to release his claws. The woman, however, was not as calm.

“He’s going to bite you!” she said.

She kept saying this despite the fact that the man was totally calm and so was the owl. She then warned her chickens, telling them that it wasn’t safe yet.

According to Poultry Extension, great horned owls are known to eat chickens, ducks, and other poultry.

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But the man was making progress and got one of the owl’s claws loose. Then the other. He then was able to pick the owl up and gently walk him outside of the coop.

The man and the owl just stared into each other’s eyes as they walked.

“This is the coolest experience I’ve ever had,” the man sweetly told the owl. “There’s a mosquito in my ear. Ah! OK, are you ready for the big release?”

But first, he examined the owl.

“Let’s look at these big claws first. These are what do the damage. He’s got bumblefoot,” said the man.

And boy, were those claws big and sharp! Bumblefoot is an infection in a bird’s foot that’s characterized by swelling and redness or a black and brown scab. The woman was not interested in nursing this owl’s bumblefoot.

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But the man was going to try and started picking at the bird’s foot where the infection was and pulled something big and gross. The woman then decided that she did want to help the bird and ran to get some ointment for his wound.

“If he flies at me, I’m going to scream. I mean, he’s cool and everything,” she said.

Then was time for the big release, and the owl majestically flew away. He must have known this was the house where he could get some help.

Check out this couple’s hilarious interaction with the bird below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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