Great Horned Owl Hit On I-495

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Great Horned Owl Hit On I-495

Rachel Jarvis, Contributor

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On Sunday October sixth, in Granville Massachusetts, what should have been a fatal hit occured. For the driver of the truck had not a scratch on him while the victim should not have been able to survive this hit. The victim of this tragedy, is a Great Horned owl. He escaped through the hit with only a few minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Great horned owls are common in Massachusetts, especially in Worcester County, according to the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Great Horned Owl is as owl that weighs from around two to around five and  a half pounds, with a wingspan of anywhere from three point three to four point eight feet, and an eighteen to twenty-five inch body. These beautiful creatures typically live around five to fifteen years. The great horned owl live anywhere from  the Arctic to South America, they migrate north when it gets colder in time for the winter season. They prefer colder temperatures. Massachusetts have most of their great horned owls from December to February, but it is not uncommon to get them earlier or later.

Massachusetts police arrived at the scene after a call about a vehicle that struck a great horned owl.  A driver, who is unidentified, hit the great horned owl on the I-495 highway. They got the owl out of the grille and with the help of the Animal Control Center they were able to take this beautiful owl to Tufts University North Grafton Campus School of Veterinary Medicine. Where he was expected to make a full recovery. The trapped  woodland animal caused the department to issue out a safety advisory saying,  “With the seasons changing we want to remind people to always lock their car doors, never leave money or valuables out in the open, and most importantly, check your cars for woodland creatures before driving.” (Fox News).

A new update came through, according to Wicked Local Franklin, The Great Horned owl was euthanized soon after he was brought in by the police. Sgt. Brian Johnson said that the bird was probably trying to make a quick dive to pick up some food when the car hit him, as he was on the highway. The owl was brought to the Tufts clinic Sunday morning. On Tuesday, according to Wicked Local Franklin, police were notified by the clinic that the owl did not survive. According to a statement from the clinic, the veterans gave the owl two kinds of pain medication as well as subcutaneous fluids and oxygen to stabilize the owl. The owl suffered from open right humeral fracture as well as head trauma and abrasions on its toes and legs. The clinic anesthetized for radiographs and other test to try to figure out everything that was wrong. They discovered that even if they were to be able to save the bird, he would have suffered from never being able to regain his flight abilities. There was a fracture in his shoulder joint and there was significant damage to his soft tissues and muscles.

Sources:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/massachusetts-owl-survives-after-being-struck-by-car-trapped-in-grille

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Owl-Hit-by-Car-Expected-to-Make-Full-Recovery-Franklin-Massachusetts-563045231.html

https://siouxcountyradio.com/fox-news-latest/2019/10/14/massachusetts-owl-survives-after-being-struck-by-car-trapped-in-grille-1

Massachusetts owl survives after being struck by car, trapped in grille

Massachusetts owl survives after being struck by car, trapped in grille

Owl expected to be okay after being struck by car

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/g/great-horned-owl/

https://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20191016/despite-heroic-efforts-owl-euthanized-after-i-495-collision-in-franklin

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