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Snowy owl rescued from I-494 in December released back into wild

He was found by a Richfield plow driver.

After four months of recuperating, a snowy owl who was found on the side of a Twin Cities highway is now back in the wild.

The owl, a two-year-old male, was found injured along the I-494 in Richfield back in December. 

Per FOX 9, a city plow driver saw the bird stuck near the median and reached out to a naturalist at the Wood Lake Nature Center, "who quickly arrived to help rescue the bird."

You can see the footage of the rescue below:

According to a Friday Facebook update from the city of Richfield (above), the owl was taken to the U of M's Raptor Center for medical treatment and rehab, eventually being set free at the Sherburne National Wildlife Sanctuary.

Spotting a snowy owl, especially a wounded one along a highway, is something of a rare occurrence in Minnesota. According to the DNR, the state has "no permanent population of snowy owls."

"Some years many snowy owls visit Minnesota," the agency says. "Other years almost none come here."

When they do, they're most often seen in the northern part of the state. 

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