Owl recovering after being hit by car - | WBTV Charlotte

Owl recovering after being hit by car

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A man got a surprise while driving down I-77 in Huntersville when he says he hit "something big".  He stopped and pulled over, not knowing what it was.

He found a large Great Horned Owl stuck in his grill.  The owl was wide-eyed and alive.  A mouse – presumably what the owl had swooped down to grab for dinner – was lying beneath the car.

Since then, the owl, which is a female, has been at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville.  It's being treated for a broken wing and a broken leg.

The Center says by all accounts, this is a massive animal. Female Great Horned Owls are usually 20-30% larger than their male counterparts… but this particular bird is in the upper range of even the largest of birds. They tell WBTV they think by the time the owl is completely rehabilitated, it could be one third bigger.

A spokesman for the Raptor Center said over 800 birds a year are brought there, with the most common reason being "hit by car".

The spokesman added the reason that such a large number of birds collide with cars is that many people believe it is okay to throw bio-degradable trash out of their car windows.  Mice and rats are attracted to the roadway to gather up these items, and raptors preying on the animals are so focused on the prey they don't see the car before they get hit.

The owl was in surgery this past week, and will be getting physical therapy Thursday morning.

PHOTOS: Owl hit by car recovering

PHOTOS: Owl hit by car recovering More>>

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Silver Alert issued for missing Shelby man

    Silver Alert issued for missing Shelby man

    Sunday, February 18 2018 2:41 PM EST2018-02-18 19:41:38 GMT
    James Albert TysonJames Albert Tyson

    A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Shelby man who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.  James Albert Tyson, 79, was last seen in Shelby. 

    More >>

    A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Shelby man who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.  James Albert Tyson, 79, was last seen in Shelby. 

    More >>
  • One dead, one charged in fatal car crash overnight in south Charlotte

    One dead, one charged in fatal car crash overnight in south Charlotte

    Sunday, February 18 2018 1:10 PM EST2018-02-18 18:10:15 GMT
    (Fred Craft | WBTV)(Fred Craft | WBTV)

    One person was killed in a single car crash in south Charlotte early Sunday morning. The crash occurred on Runnymede Lane near Barclay Downs Drive around 1:22 a.m. Officials say one female was killed as a result of the crash. The victim's name has not been released. The cause of the crash has not been released. Copyright 2018 WBTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    One person was killed in a single car crash in south Charlotte early Sunday morning. The crash occurred on Runnymede Lane near Barclay Downs Drive around 1:22 a.m. Officials say one female was killed as a result of the crash. The victim's name has not been released. The cause of the crash has not been released. Copyright 2018 WBTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Pedestrian struck, killed in east Charlotte

    Pedestrian struck, killed in east Charlotte

    Sunday, February 18 2018 9:24 AM EST2018-02-18 14:24:37 GMT

    According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident happened in the 3400 block of the Plaza.

    More >>

    According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident happened in the 3400 block of the Plaza.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly