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Owl traveling: man drives hours with bird on truck grille

A man who moved from Alabama to southwest Florida traveled hundreds of miles with an owl caught in the grille of his truck

NAPLES, Florida – A man who moved from Alabama to southwest Florida traveled hundreds of miles with an owl caught in the grille of his truck. The owl survived.

Torie Gray said she saw a vehicle ahead of her veer off Interstate 75 to avoid the big horned owl. But somehow he hit him and he stayed in the truck.

Gray said he was unaware of the situation until he reached Naples, where he plans to live. Gray says he saw the damage to his vehicle and the owl inside, but he wasn’t sure if it was still alive.

Gray called Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which sent a volunteer to help dislodge the bird.

Finally, they did, and the two men were amazed that the owl was in good shape. Gray said the bird did more damage to the truck than to itself.

“Nobody knows how he is alive. He had lost some feathers, but he was very alert, ”said Tim Thompson, a conservation unit volunteer. “Each person was shocked. They can’t believe it. I think it’s an incredible story.”

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