Monday 20 May 2019

Police officers found an owl in need of help and totally stepped up

The bird has been named Oscar.

(Sarasota Police Department)
(Sarasota Police Department)

By Nicola Irwin, Press Association

When an injured owl was found outside a school in Florida a community came together to make sure it got some help.

It ended up being cared for by staff at Sarasota Police Department headquarters when the facilities manager, Terry Ruthruff, was well-versed in looking after wildlife.

The injured bird was initially spotted by a man who, unsure about what to do, rang his son Brian Saum.

Saum tried to get help from an animal charity and a bird sanctuary but it was too early to get through, reported SNN news.

That was when the police got involved.

“It’s never too owly (early) to take a photo. Look whoooo we have here,” said the department on Twitter.

It added: “We’re giving a hoot and make sure it gets the proper care.”

Although the post was tagged “typical Tuesday”, we’re not sure it was.

The department’s followers and wellwishers were keen to know more about the owl, so it also shared a video.

The facilities manager will tend to the owl at home until he’s ready to be released, reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

It is thought the bird was hit by a car.

There, officers stepped up to help the rescued owl, posting videos and pictures of it getting some much-needed TLC.

The department’s facilities manager was able to hold the owl securely and will look after it before it is released once it has had some rest and relaxation.

Press Association

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