Hero Freed Dangling Owl with Tree Branch, Then They Rested in a Hotel Together

A guest at the Bel Air Inn in West Springfield, Massachusetts was startled to lay eyes on an Eastern screech owl who was hanging upside down from a crevice in the corner of the building. Our hero, who goes only by the name Jose, didn’t waste any time. He immediately phoned wildlife rescuers for help, but he was unable to reach anyone for help. Rather than sitting on his hands, Jose decided to get resourceful.

Fullscreen capture 1312015 91122 PM.bmpThe owl’s foot had somehow become wedged into a crevice between the first and second floor on the exterior of the building. Though Jose couldn’t reach the owl overhead, he was able to find a tree branch and began offering it to the owl. The owl was able to right himself on the branch, and with a bit of gentle maneuvering from Jose, the animal was soon able to flutter to the ground.

Jose felt a rush of relief when he saw the owl perch in a bush, but the sense of relief was short lived. Jose soon noticed the owl was bleeding.

Though some might have shook their head and walked away, Jose had a better idea. He decided to take the owl into custody. He gently scooped up the small owl and carried it back inside and all the way into his hotel room.

Fullscreen capture 1312015 85247 PM.bmpWhile the owl found a lovely perch on top of the kitchen cabinets and surveyed the room from a safe height, Jose made some more calls and was able to find a wildlife rehabilitator who was willing to help. It would be a few hours’ wait, but the owl was soon fast asleep, undoubtedly exhausted from his ordeal.

We don’t know Joes’s full name and we probably never will. There’s something about anonymity that makes a hero seem ten feet tall. In this case, that was exactly tall enough to save the life of one desperate little bird.

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Mark Donners
Mark Donner2 years ago

Deborah mentioned related earlier in the comments a case where she wanted to rescue a wounded bird , and called the "wildlife rehabilitators" who told her to leave it in pain and fear on the lawn where it would get preyed on. Predictably, A psychopath "past member" who clearly works in one of those corrupt government wildlife killing agency (like the USDA's mass murdering "wildlife services") started justifying his psychopath tendencies and told her off that the "rehabilitators job is not to rescue all animals". I think this "past member" should have the experience he wishes on others to be thrown into a pit of alligators and told that it's the circle of life when he pleads for help

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Jennifer Haughton
Jenni Haughton3 years ago

Thanks for putting a smile on my face you give me faith in the human race.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

SLK S3 years ago

what a great human being - 2 thumbs up for Jose!

Maggie Welch
Maggie D3 years ago

Wow, Jose, you are a really are a hero. Most people would be talking to the media, trying to get their picture in the paper or talking endlessly about it. But you put the interests of an owl above your own and didn't stop until you found a wildlife rehabilitator who could help with the owl's wounds and return him to the wild. We need more people like you. May your compassion and caring come back to you ten fold.

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

Thank you to Jose for caring.

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing :-)

Charlie Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

Reading this site, very often restores my faith in human nature.

feather w.
Feather W3 years ago

Heart is coming back to this planet..