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Two Birds Of Prey Rescue Stories In A Week

Updated: Nov 29, 2012 10:53 PM CST

Two separate rescue stories of feathered animals in our area.

First, a falcon rescue. Video posted on youtube shows Moline firefighters working to free the bird from the grill of a car. They said the driver was on Interstate 74 near John Deere Road when he hit two birds.

One did not make it and when the driver got home realized the other falcon was lodged in the front end. Firefighters were able to carefully get it free.

"It had one little scratch. It's wings were flapping real good so I just walked it up to the station and threw it up in the air and it flew up the hill and landed in a tree," said Lt. Kevin Neff.

It was also a close call for great horned owl. A good samaritan rescued the bird found injured alongside Interstate 80 this week. The story of what happened is unclear, but staffers at the Animal Family Veterinary Care Clinic in Davenport think he was somehow hit by a car.

The full extent of the owl's injuries is not yet known, there are visible bruises and scrapes on his head. The owl was sent to the McBride Raptor Project clinic in Cedar Rapids to recover.

"They'll get him into a flight stage, get him strong and once he's good they'll try to release him back into the wild," said Dr. Kathy Van Buer with the Animal Family Veterinary Care Clinic.

It could be a minimum of six weeks before the owl can get released.