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Free bird: Officer rescues snowy owl from prison barbed wire

Published: December 27, 2017
HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) A resourceful Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer has helped to engineer a daring prison escape.A snowy owl that had become trapped in barbed wire in a perimeter fence at the Smithfield prison in Huntingdon was rescued on Christmas Day.Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Amanda Isett used a crate, a net and an Army blanket to coax the bird out.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the owl escaped with only some minor skin tears and a few missing feathers. The owl is being treated at Centre Wildlife Care in Port Matilda, near Penn State University.The juvenile male owl is expected to make a full recovery and will be released once its feathers grow back.___Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com