Athens city employees rescue sludge-covered owl in need of assistance

Athens city employees rescue sludge-covered owl in need of assistance
Rescued owl in Athens (Source: City of Athens)

ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - An owl got into a sticky situation last week and needed the assistance of some helping hands.

Another look at the rescued owl in Athens
Another look at the rescued owl in Athens (Source: City of Athens)

Athens city employee Allen Hill found the owl covered in what looked to be dried sludge. Employees T.J. Dendy and Jonathan Humphries were able to retrieve the owl and help to wash the sludge away from the encrusted feathers.

The group called wildlife officials and were instructed to leave the owl in a nearby wooded area to see if it would be able to leave under its own power. The owl had moved on when employees checked back shortly after the initial placement.

Treatment Plant Supervisor Virgil White was told by the wildlife officials this was the desired outcome.

“The wildlife expert said these type owls are very resilient, and would just dry off and get back to life as usual if uninjured,” White said.

White was also proud of his employees for doing an act of kindness like this.

“It is good to see these guys take a few minutes to help an animal that had obviously gotten into a jam.”

Some of our city employees helped rescue an owl last week that got into the Wastewater Treatment Plant's sludge lagoon....

Posted by City of Athens, Alabama (Public Relations) on Thursday, June 25, 2020

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