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Trooper gives a hoot, rescues stunned owl from unwise perch

November 20, 2019 GMT
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In this self-made photo released by the Maine State Police, Trooper Sam Tlumac holds an owl he rescued after finding it disoriented in the middle of a road on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Manchester, Maine. A game warden suspected the owl had been hit by a car. It was later released back into the wild. (Sam Tlumac/Maine State Police via AP)
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In this self-made photo released by the Maine State Police, Trooper Sam Tlumac holds an owl he rescued after finding it disoriented in the middle of a road on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Manchester, Maine. A game warden suspected the owl had been hit by a car. It was later released back into the wild. (Sam Tlumac/Maine State Police via AP)

MANCHESTER, Maine (AP) — A Maine state trooper made a wise move in rescuing a jeopardized owl who managed to fly to safety after the assistance.

The Maine State Police says Trooper Sam Tlumac found the disoriented owl on Nov. 15 in the middle of a much-traveled road in Manchester, not far from the state capital of Augusta. Tlumac took the owl to a nearby fire department and consulted with a warden, who said the bird might’ve been stunned by a car.

Police said in a Facebook post that Tlumac then “had to bring a person to jail (unrelated to the owl),” but returned to check on the bird and found it doing much better. He then took the owl outside, where it took flight to trees in the area.