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Crowd cheers owl's release, 7 weeks after raptor snared in kite string

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About 150 people Sunday gathered in Grand Forks to watch a great horned owl soar back into the wild, seven weeks after a celebrated rescue saved the bird from a tree where it had been snared in a kite string.

The owl last month got its wing tip caught in the string and the bird was left dangling in an undignified position, although it memorably continued to wear its typical dignified expression throughout the ordeal.

Grand Forks cross-country skiers near the Red River had first spotted the raptor, and they called 911. Responders ultimately called in bird experts, who managed to get the bird down safely.

The owl was taken to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, where it has been recovering from injuries, although it had no broken bones, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

On Sunday, the bird was released in Grand Forks, after posing for a few photos (below), the newspaper said. It gave a handler a quick bite in the neck before taking flight.


Grand Forks Herald

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