Barn owl spotted dangling from tree at Punchbowl

Neighbors: Owl stuck for more than 24 hours

Published  9:27 PM HST Jan 24, 2013
HONOLULU -

A rare sight in broad daylight. A barn owl was caught hanging by his wing from a tree.

Neighbors said from the street it's hard to see it, but if you took a closer look you could see a barn owl dangling from a tree at Punchbowl tangled in a maze of strings.

"Last night we were up on the 9th floor. We saw a big white thing flapping its wings out of the window we were curious to see what it was," said Marcus Chambers.

Neighbors said the owl was stuck for more than a day.

"My heart broke and it was so far on the hill, I thought how could anyone get to it," said Lindsey Gibson.

Gibson said Chambers tried to save it.

"I cut part of the string to get it a little bit of slack, and then I tried to get in the tree to see if I could cut the other line. And I just didn't have anything long enough to cut the string," said Chambers.

The couple called the fire department along with the Hawaiian Humane Society to rescue the owl.

"He really fought the net pretty hard and eventually he said 'OK you got me,'" said fireman Larry Moore.

Crews managed to lower the bird.  It got a little tangled on the way down, but eventually they succeeded.

Then off to the veterinarian it went, Dr. Douglas Chang found a wound on the owl's leg, and its wings needed some help.

"Looks like this chord is tied around the feather here," said Dr. Chang pointing to the owls left wing.

But with a couple snips, the owl's wings started flapping again.

"Part of our contamination of our environment leads to damage to species that inadvertently get caught up in the mess," said Dr. Chang.

The doctor said the owl will need some antibiotics, but he'll be fine thanks to the communities effort.   

"It's just good work it's normal human work," said Dr. Chang.

The owl will be treated for a couple of days and then it will be released back into the wild.

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It wasa rare sight in broad daylight. A barn owl caught hanging by his wing from a tree in the Punchbowl area in Honolulu.

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