When a young woman spotted “something big” in the fence of a Kansas football field, she took a closer look.
There, she found a tangled owl on the football field at Western Hills Church in eastern Topeka, as shown in photos posted to Facebook by her aunt. Please note: the photos in the hyperlink are graphic.
âThe poor thing was so tangled up,â Terri Geiken said in her public Facebook post on Wednesday.
Concerned citizens have called for help, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office said, and his animal control unit has been working to save the bird from the net.
It was a great horned owl, according to WIBW, and it was stuck in the “barrier net” between the field and the parking lot.
âThe owl has been taken by a rehabilitator for veterinary care and is expected to make a full recovery,â the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post on Friday morning.
Shortly thereafter, the sheriff’s office said they learned that the owl was called from âDarius Rucker – you know, fromâ Hoot’ie & the Blowfish. âDarius Rucker – the singer-songwriter, not the owl – leads the Hootie & The Blowfish group.
Geiken said she and her niece, Joelle, visited Darius Rucker – the owl – on Thursday afternoon.
âHe looks a lot better than about 24 hours ago,â she said.
And on Friday morning, she shared that the owl should be released soon, after her “full recovery”.
“We love a story with a happy ending !!!” she said.
According to the Great Plains Nature Center, great horned owls, weighing around 3 to 3.5 pounds, are the largest owls to live in Kansas. They eat large rodents, rabbits and even skunks.
“Like all birds of prey, they use their powerful legs and sharp talons to overpower and kill their prey,” the center explains. âThe Great Horned Owl’s hold is believed to be more powerful than that of any other North American bird of prey. ”
This story was originally published October 15, 2021 3:32 pm.