Police officers confront some very difficult situations on the roadways, and sometimes the cumulative impact can harden even the best of them. But Sergeant Darin Morgan of Norman, Okla., took the time to indulge his softer side last week when he came upon an injured Great Horned owl on the side of Interstate 35.
Sgt. Morgan pulled his cruiser over and looked down at one very frightened bird. He gently approached the owl from behind and wrapped her safely in a towel.
With her talons somewhat immobilized, Sgt. Morgan was able to slip the little bundle of feathers into a backpack which he then secured in the front seat, and yes, he buckled her seatbelt.
The owl rode quietly without complaint as they set out for WildCare Okalahoma where she is currently undergoing treatment.
“It is not everyday you see an owl in the front seat of a police car. Great work Sgt. Morgan!” said the department’s Facebook page.WildCareOklahoma reports that the owl made it through a surgery to pin a broken wing, and is now recovering. The ultimate plan is to release the owl back to the wild once the wing is fully healed.