AUBURN (CBS) – A Massachusetts State Trooper helped rescue an injured owl on the Mass. Pike Saturday morning.

Trooper Michael Golenski spotted the owl having a difficult time trying to fly, and stayed with it until Environmental Police arrived.

The owl, believed to be a male barred owl, went into surgery on Sunday and had three screws inserted into its injured wing, according to a spokesman at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton.

owlcast State Trooper Helps Save Injured Owl On Mass. Pike

(Photo courtesy Andrew Cunningham/TUFTS)

The owl will initially be held in a small cage, and as it continues to heal, it will be moved to larger and larger cages and eventually a 100-foot flight cage, which is the last step in the recovery process.

The clinic spokesman said the owl has a long road ahead of him.

Comments (6)
  1. Julie the Jarhead says:

    Some days we all need a wicked cute story such as this one.

  2. Joyce says:

    A HUGE thank you to Trooper Michael Golenski for saving the owl
    wonderful story

  3. karen s says:

    thanks trooper golenski! it’s the little things that make us all take a moment, and realize that there’s more to each day than just us.. to serve and protect, all creatures great and small. i forwarded this story to a niece in her 2nd year of veterinary school. and told her it linked her with her Grandpa’s having been NYPD (for 30+ years). He never rescued and owl, but was an avid outdoorsman. thanks also to the good people at tufts who have helped put this owl on the long path back home.

  4. gigi says:

    Go little owl Go!!! He’s so cute – I want one – LOL… seriously though, thank you to the police officer who took the time to care for an injured creature.

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