Animal Care rescues WHO? Barn owl crashes, survives

Long Beach Animal Care Services officer Martin Londoño responded to a call in the Traffic Circle area regarding a downed barn owl on Wednesday afternoon. The nocturnal raptor was crumpled up in a backyard with an injured wing.

“It’s not uncommon to find injured owls in Long Beach,” said Animal Care Services manager Ted Stevens. “Our officer picked it up and took it to Long Beach Animal Hospital,” whose veterinarians are specially trained to administer to a broad range of wildlife.

The barn owl seemed no worse for the collision with a tree or power line and seemed content to be driven to the hospital to have its wing fixed.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.