ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After weeks of rehab and exercise in Minnesota, a rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital is being released into the wild.
The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota took in the owl because it has expertise in replacing damaged feathers.
The owl has completed about a three-week exercise program and regained its physical fitness. Center officials plan to release it Saturday along the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin border. Another snowy owl patient from Superior, Wis., is being released as well.
The injured owl was found in downtown Washington in late January and taken to the National Zoo before being transferred to a Washington, D.C., wildlife rehabilitation center. It then came to Minnesota for rehab.
Snowy owls are native to the Arctic.