Trapped in a grill of a truck, the barred owl seemed anything but lucky.
When Lake County Fire Rescue firefighters rescued the large bird they changed its fate and named it Lucky.
Lt. Robert Staab and Firefighter Brian Tindell saved the owl in December and never thought he would fly again.
“We expected more of a body removal than a rescue. We got there, took a flashlight and looked at the front of the truck and there he was looking back at us,” said Lt. Staab.
After the rescue, firefighters transported Lucky to Avian Rehabilitation Center in Apopka where he recovered from a fractured tibia.
Saturday, Laura McQuilkin, the truck's owner, joined the firefighters and Lucky’s rehabilitation team in releasing the owl at Gilbert Park in Mount Dora.
Moved to tears, McQuilkin said,” I'm excited beyond words. He's just such a beautiful owl. I'm so happy he's ok.”
“It was a unique experience. I won’t forget it,” said Tindell of the experience.
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