Animal Rescue League Of Boston Saves Young Owl On Watertown Golf Course

Photo: Courtesy of the ARL Boston.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Thursday, the Animal Rescue League of Boston Field Services Department rescued an abandoned Great Horned Owl from a tree near the Oakley Country Club in Watertown.

A spokesperson for the ARL Boston told WBZ NewsRadio that the owl fledgling was spotted thirty feet up in a tree by a resident earlier in the week, who contacted officials when the owl had not moved for a few days.

The ARL says that the rescue was not an easy one, as the owl was centered between the golf course and a residential property. The location required one ARL agent to station themselves on the residence's side, while another agent attempted to secure the owl on the Oakley Country Club's side.

The owl allegedly kept repositioning itself to avoid the officials' net, as it was too young to fly away. Eventually ARL agents threw a weight around the branch the owl was standing on, shaking it so that the bird would glide down to the eleventh hole fairway.

After the owl was grounded, an ARL agent secured it with a net.

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Officials say that the owl is in good condition, could not be more than six weeks old, and was likely left behind by its parents. Because the fledgling is too young to be living on its own and does not know how to properly fly or hunt, the ARL transported it to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in North Grafton where it will be treated and re-released back in its original habitat.

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