CONESUS – A hometown hero says that due to a joint-effort rescue mission with the help of his neighbor, an unfortunate owl has recovered and is back in business after a mishap left it stunned and unresponsive.
As Mike Tunison writes in Discover Conesus, the owl was mysteriously found on his neighbor, Paul Sizmer’s, deck, next to a dead chipmunk on the morning of Columbus Day. After bringing the bird inside, Sizmer noticed the bird eventually showed signs of life.
“Paul and I believe the owl most likely had killed the chipmunk on the deck, then badly stunned itself by crashing into the sliding glass door,” wrote Tunison in Discover Conesus. “Even by 5 p.m. had not recovered and could only huddle weakly next to the side of the cage.”
Tunison added that after some short research online, he and Sizmer were able to revive the owl and relocate it to a nice cozy garage, where its condition continued to improve. When they decided to attempt a release, the owl flew right back to the garage, to the pair left the owl alone with two dead mice for the evening.
“By 6:45 p.m. it had moved to a more horizontal position toward the end of the log, and over the mice,” added Tunison. “But, exactly as predicted by Paul, by 7:15 p.m. it was gone, and so were both both mice, which were not on the ground below the perch.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Tunison gently helps the injured owl. Photo from Discover Conesus.