Arizona Humane Society rescues ‘beautiful’ owlet and names baby animal Chevy

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For the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), it’s not very often that their team rescues an owl.

On Thursday, AHS rescuers found a wild baby owl, approximately three to four months old, that had been living on the rescue’s campus and needed help, according to a statement from the rescue.

The rescuers found the owlet on the ground, unable to fly. AHS believes the little bird was practicing flying from the rafters of an AHS outdoor building to the hood of rescue Chevrolet ambulances parked outside and fell to the ground. AHS animal care experts kept an eye on the owlet, named it Chevy for ambulances, and called Wild at Heart, an Arizona-based raptor rescue, for advice on what to do next.

Due to nearby construction, an increase in coyotes in the area, and Chevy being still too young to fly, Wild at Heart staff asked AHS to transport the baby owl to their rescue because they did not feel the owlet could survive for long. all day without help.

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“I rescued this beautiful owl today! I called Wild at Heart and they said it would be best to get him out of harm’s way. They will care for him and release him!” Andy Gallo, an AHS EAMT who helped save the owlet, said in a statement about the incident.

Fellow AHS EMT Cynthia McGuire added that being able to transport the owl to expert wildlife rehabilitators was the “best feeling.”

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According to the AHS release, the owlet was found near the AHS arena, which is located next to the barn at the rescue’s Nina Mason Pulliam South Mountain campus. It is common for several wild owls to call the sand home during the birds’ spring breeding season.

Every spring, owl families who choose to take up residence in the sand watch animal rescuers take their ambulances to spend a day rescuing Arizona’s homeless pets.

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Speaking to PEOPLE, AHS also clarified that this baby owl rescue case is unique, as the rescue recommends that the public “never intervene” when seeing a single baby animal, advising that people “let their moms handle it.” of it.” return.” In this case, because Wild at Heart feared the owlet would die without human intervention, AHS intervened.

Now, Chevy is safely recovering at Wild at Heart and will be placed with a foster family of owls. Rescuers anticipate that “the little owlet will be flying in no time.” Once he is old enough to fly, the owl will be released.

According to its website, Chevy is one of more than 11,000 animals that have been saved through adoption, rescue and placement in the past year by AHS and its EAMTs.