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Snowy owl injured near Lawrence post office has died

January 4, 2012

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An injured snowy owl near 31st and Iowa Monday, Jan 2, 2012, was rescued by Operation Wildlife.

An injured snowy owl near 31st and Iowa Monday, Jan 2, 2012, was rescued by Operation Wildlife.

An injured snowy owl rescued Monday near a Lawrence post office has died.

On Monday afternoon visitors to the Jayhawk Station post office, 1901 W. 31st St., saw the bird fall and hit the concrete. The onlookers, who believed the bird hit a power line, called Operation Wildlife to save the bird. At that time, Operation Wildlife executive director Diane Johnson believed the snowy owl had just broken its left wing.

As it turned out, the bird had suffered serious internal injuries as well.

“He must have hit the power line really hard,” Johnson said.

The bird was a rare find in Kansas. The breed typically nests in the Arctic tundra of the northern most stretches of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia.

For Johnson, it was just the second snowy owl she has taken care of in her 30 years at Operation Wildlife.

Comments

Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 3 months ago

We should change Missouri Street to Snowy Owl St in remembrance of this beautiful animal that touched so many lives.

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poolside 2 years, 3 months ago

Boo. I had high hopes when so many cared about him and got him help right away. Waa.

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50YearResident 2 years, 3 months ago

And life goes on. The law of nature is, some live some die. We can not save every one.

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2 years, 3 months ago

RIP SNOWY OWL!!!! I am so sad that he passed away but at least he is no longer in pain.

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Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 3 months ago

Somehow, I've always had a special feeling for owls, so I'm sad it has turned out this way.

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Andini 2 years, 3 months ago

It couldn't have hit a power line or else half of Lawrence would've been without power.

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somedude20 2 years, 3 months ago

thought Snowy Owl was in jail. So much for Westar's bs-ing about birds taking out power lines. A fat owl just nailed it but the power is working. Brightside is that the homeless will have somethin to eat

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