As the superintendent for the Lost Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas, Craig Loving tends to the grounds and fixes anything in need of repair. One day, however, he was called upon to rescue a great horned owl that was tangled in a fishing line near the first tee.
Craig put on some waterproof gear and waded into the pond, carefully approaching the fierce (and adorable) predator. The fishing line had wrapped around the poor bird’s wing several times, so he had to use pliers to cut it away without injuring the animal.
“He kept slamming his beak down as if to say, ‘Hey, I don’t like this,’ but I kind of talked to it a little bit,” Craig explained. When the line broke and freed the owl, he used a shovel handle as a perch and brought the bird to dry land so he could fly away!
These majestic animals can be dangerous, but this owl is so calm that it seems like he knew Craig was trying to help. It just goes to show that even the most independent creatures sometimes need a helping hand!
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