Owl Weak But Safe After Basement Rescue

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — A snowy owl is safe after being rescued from the basement of a commercial building in Lorain Thursday.

A resident found the bird when they were exploring water leaks in the building’s basement. The area has old access points and chutes that would have allowed the bird to get in, but not necessarily get out, of the building.

According to Amy LeMonds, director of wildlife at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, the bird is extremely weak and emaciated, but there are no signs of trauma.

“At this point, our primary concern for the animal is the stress of captivity,” she said. “To respect this, we’ll limit our handling to times of treatment. We’ll also focus on rehydration through fluid therapy.”

According to LeMonds, snowy owls are the largest North American owls. They’re covered in thick feathers and have catlike yellow eyes.

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