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Rare owl from Ottawa County released into wild

WZZM-TV • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM

The barn owl, thought not to exist in Michigan, was found inside Bruce and Laura Conrad's barn in June. The family took the owl to Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids to be treated. A veterinarian determined the bird had ingested rat poison.

After six months of rehabilitation, it was released near the home where it was found.

Sam Smith and Lori Lomoro from the Blandford Nature Center worked with the bird.

"We weren't sure if we caught it in time, or what was going to happen, but he bounced right back," Smith said Friday. "It's pretty amazing how far he came from where he was to what we saw today."

The owl appeared to have no trouble flying once he was released. The hope is that he finds a mate and starts to rebuild the population of barn owls in Michigan.

To see a video of the owl being released, click here.

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