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Liberty firefighters rescue owl struck by car

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LIBERTY TWP, Ohio -

While many people in the Valley were anticipating the taste of turkey on Thursday, first responders in Liberty Township had their attention focused on another kind of bird.

Township firefighters delayed their Thanksgiving dinner when they were called out to help an owl that had been struck by a car along Warner Road.

The fire department cared for the bird until it could be turned over to the Birds in Flight Sanctuary in Warren.

Sanctuary Director Heather Merritt tells 21 News that in spite of eye and neurological damage, they are administering medicine and the owl is doing well. 

"We started a project where we take in one-eyed birds. We fly them and we watch them and make sure they're hunting good, they're doing everything they're  suppose to before they leave here," said Merritt. 

Merritt says the bird is a Barred Owl, which according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is known for its classic hooting “who” sound of old forests and swamps.

The Birds in Flight Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates animals, specializing in birds of prey.

Merritt tells 21 News that she just released 30 birds this week and is still caring for 65 other birds.

More information about the sanctuary and how to help or donate can be found here.

http://www.birdsinflightsanctuary.com/HOWTOHELP.htm

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