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Free bird: Officer rescues snowy owl from prison barbed wire

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 28, 2017 6:57 AM
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(Huntingdon) -- A resourceful Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer has helped to engineer a daring prison escape.

A snowy owl that had become trapped in barbed wire in a perimeter fence at the Smithfield prison in Huntingdon was rescued on Christmas Day.

Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Amanda Isett used a crate, a net and an Army blanket to coax the bird out.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the owl escaped with only some minor skin tears and a few missing feathers. The owl is being treated at Centre Wildlife Care in Port Matilda, near Penn State University.

The juvenile male owl is expected to make a full recovery and will be released once its feathers grow back.

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