Injured Owl Saves A New York Kayaker’s Life… Kind Of
If I were to say "Saved by an Owl" to you, what is the first thing that comes to mind? My initial thought was a new TV spin-off from "Saved by the Bell." Well, this story is much better than thought and it could be made into a Made-For-TV special.
On Monday, September 6th, the workweek for the National Park Service Rangers in Sullivan County began like any other day. They were unaware of how an owl's rescue would not only save the bird but a human life as well.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on September 6th, National Park Service Ranger Ron Babus got ahold of ECO Glen Parker and asked him to get an injured great horned owl from the Delaware River.
Babus, Parker, along with NPS Ranger Bunn met at a halfway point at the Ten Mile River Delaware access point. This is where fate stepped in and changes everything. Parker and Babus heard someone screaming coming from the water.
Saved By An Injured Owl
The officers saw that a kayaker had flipped their kayak and was struggling in the Delaware River current. Ranger Kali Bunn got in a canoe to get the boater while Ranger Babus and ECO Parker stood ready with a throw rope.
The officers were able to get the boater back to shore and the good news is that the person did not need medical attention. After the ordeal was over, ECO Parker took the owl to Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center for further care.
Hoot Hoot Hooray for that injured owl! It just goes to show that you just never know how your day will go.