Sightings of snowy owls have become common in Cape Ray, but stumbling upon and capturing an injured one is really rare.
On Jan. 17, Charlie and Michelle Osmond did just that.
Charlie Osmond holds this snowy owl that he and his wife found on Norwest Cove Beach on Jan. 17. The couple could tell it was injured, and so brought it to safety. The conservation office was called and the owl was transported to the Salmonier Nature Park in St. John’s for rehabilitation. — Photo by Chantelle MacIsaac/The Gulf News
Taking a trip out to Norwest Cove Beach on quad, the couple spotted the owl but didn’t know at first it was injured.
“The owl could spread its wings,” said Charlie. “But it couldn’t take flight.”
The couple was not entirely sure what to do, but the owl allowed Charlie to pick it up.
Charlie held the owl and Michelle drove the quad up to the lighthouse.
They called Michelle’s brother in-law, Rick Pearce, who then drove up to the lighthouse with a box in the trunk of his car to meet the couple and retrieve the bird.
Once he got back home, he had trouble finding the right phone number to call wildlife so he called the police.
The Port aux Basques RCMP was able to point him in the right direction and from there he reached the conservation office in Barachois.
Just shortly after noon, wildlife conservation officer Craig Styles showed up at Rick’s home.
He said the owl would be expedited to St. John’s to the Salmonier Nature Park.
The facility is involved with the care, rehabilitation, release or captive placement of injured or orphaned wildlife.
Styles said the couple is free to check up on the progress of the owl and left contact information.
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