Touching moment wild owl flies back to freedom after accident in India

This is the touching moment an Indian eagle owl, which was hit by a speeding vehicle, recovered and flew back to freedom.

A passer-by found the large bird lying semi-conscious on a road in Junnar, Maharashtra, India, and called a Wildlife SOS team.

The distressed owl was immediately taken to the animal welfare organisation’s recovery facility where senior veterinarian Dr Ajay Deshmukh carried out necessary medical examination and

After keeping it in close observation for two days, the bird was deemed fit and released in a forest near Rajur village, Junnar.

Dr. Ajay Deshmukh, Senior Veterinarian at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre said:

“Thankfully the bird had sustained only minor injuries and we are glad to see it return to its natural habitat.”

Indian Eagle Owls are a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which regulates the international trade of wildlife species.