Starving snowy owl caught in Louisville

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Associated Press

Posted on December 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A starving snowy owl far from its arctic home has been rescued in Louisville.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1buP93f ) that volunteers with Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky captured the bird on Friday, which had been seen in the area for a few days.

Kate Heyden, a bird biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, says the owls travel south when food sources shrink in the Arctic.

A volunteer spotted the bird on the Gene Snyder Freeway and it was captured. It is being fed a liquid diet with a feeding tube, and will likely need care for at least a month.

The rescued bird weighed 2.7 pounds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says adult snowy owls should weigh between 3.5 and 6.5 pounds.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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