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Owl struck by SUV on Florida's Turnpike hides in grill for 150 miles
Tampa Bay Online ^ | February 13, 2013 | LAWRENCE SULLIVAN

Posted on 02/14/2013 5:56:01 AM PST by BerryDingle

Whenever birds fly in front of moving vehicles, usually the bird is the one that loses. But a great horned owl can teach other birds a thing about surviving those situations.

Sonji Coney-Williams was driving Feb. 7 on Florida's Turnpike through Yeehaw Junction when she saw something fly in front of her SUV and heard a smack, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

She continued driving for 150 miles to Plantation, not thinking about the incident, until the next day when someone told her she had a bird trapped in the grill of the sport utility vehicle.

She called the FWC, and Officer Lex Corteguera was dispatched and removed the grill of the SUV to rescue the owl.

Corteguera took the owl, which was alert and responsive, to the South Florida Wildlife Center of the Humane Society in Fort Lauderdale, the commission said.

X-rays did not find any fractures, head trauma or internal injuries. The owl received fluids and pain medications from the veterinary staff.

Veterinarians will re-evaluate the bird Friday. If cleared, the owl will be returned to the Yeehaw Junction area, the commission said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: accident; owl; suv; wildlife

1 posted on 02/14/2013 5:56:08 AM PST by BerryDingle
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To: BerryDingle

A great horned owl survived a highway-speed collision with an SUV and rode 150 miles trapped in the vehicle's grille before being discovered the next day. The owl was treated and will soon be released.

2 posted on 02/14/2013 5:58:01 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle
Nothing new.

Border jumpers have been doing this for years..

3 posted on 02/14/2013 5:59:55 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: BerryDingle

...until the next day when someone told her she had a bird trapped in the grill of the sport utility vehicle.


If it had me, I’d have told her she had a bird trapped in the grill of her car (or truck). But that’s just me.


4 posted on 02/14/2013 6:04:51 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: KeyLargo

150 miles - that’s about 2 hours at normal highway speeds.

Side note - I don’t think a border jumper would fit under the hood of either of my vehicles any more, unless the engine was removed. Pretty crazy how we’ve progressed in terms of vehicles in that regard.


5 posted on 02/14/2013 6:05:29 AM PST by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: BerryDingle

Did the SUV strike the owl with his left or right hand?

(or did the driver hit the bird with his vehicle?)


6 posted on 02/14/2013 6:08:59 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: BerryDingle

I saw that vid, that was the coolest vid!

Seems like owls ain’t in any hurry to blink, though.

When I was a kid, we lived on a farm with a monster barn. Couple times a year I’d be outside like 11 at night during the summer and there was an owl that would perch on top of the barn.
As best I could tell, and this was at night, it was pure white and over two feet tall standing up.

Not sure what kind of owl, but it was upstate NY, so owl-ologists might know!


7 posted on 02/14/2013 6:12:26 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: BerryDingle

Great photo. He’s got that “what has been seen...” look in his eyes.


8 posted on 02/14/2013 6:13:26 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: djf
Seems like owls ain’t in any hurry to blink, though.

Too much coffee!

Walk on the Wild Side, Owls
9 posted on 02/14/2013 6:20:33 AM PST by Girlene
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To: djf

The large white owl on top of the barn is in fact the common barn owl. Farmers who appreciate its rodent catching ability call it the `flying cat’.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 6:22:05 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: meyer

Briscoe Darling’s Hoot Owl Pie

1 Good sized cooked hoot owl, boned and chopped
1 Stalk celery, diced
1 Onion, chopped
1 tb Oil
10 oz Package frozen broccoli, cooked and drained
1 c Sour cream
10 1/2 oz Can cream of hoot owl soup
Salt and pepper to taste
Warm tortillas
1 1/2 c Hoot owl broth
1 c Grated rat cheese

Mix the chopped owl, celery, onion, oil, cooked broccoli, sour cream, hoot owl soup, salt, and pepper together. Then you let them sit while you and the boys play “Never beat your Mother with a Great Big Stick.” Be sure you don’t play more than 6 choruses. Roll all of this stuff into the warm tortillas and place them in a baking dish. Then pour the hoot owl broth over them. You cook all of this stuff in a 325F oven for 20 minutes, or 3 choruses of “Dirty Me, Dirty Me, Oh How I Hate Myself.” Make sure the onions are done. Then the last 5 minutes of cooking, place the grated rat cheese on top. Dish out the warm tortillas and hot sauce. Now then, if the moon is in the “getgone” and the wind blows in snuffs, there ain’t goin’ to be no hoot owls. In that case, you get Ernest T. Bass to steal you a good sized chicken and ya put that in instead. If you do that, while the chicken is cookin’ you get the boys and play 6 choruses of “Don’t Dance on the Table Charlene You Stepped in My Collard Greens.” Serves 6.

Submitted by: Denver Pyle - cast member, Mayberry.

Origin: Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook.
Shared by: Sharon Stevens, Nov/94.

Collected by Bert Christensen
Toronto, Ontario


11 posted on 02/14/2013 6:25:43 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: djf
As best I could tell, and this was at night, it was pure white and over two feet tall standing up.

Not sure what kind of owl, but it was upstate NY, so owl-ologists might know!

It may have been a Barn Owl, also called a "ghost Owl" or "Spirit Owl". They hunt from high perches at night watching below. They have long legs and some white plumage.

12 posted on 02/14/2013 6:28:33 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: elcid1970

Thanks! Sounds about right. I nominate you to be FR’s Owlologist based on your kn-owledge!


13 posted on 02/14/2013 6:28:56 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: BerryDingle

A barn owl slammed into the passenger window of my truck one evening as I was driving down a mountain road. I stopped and backed up to look for it but it was gone.


14 posted on 02/14/2013 6:31:26 AM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Girlene

Cute clip. I was waiting for a few seconds of Pelosi staring at the end..


15 posted on 02/14/2013 6:50:22 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: BerryDingle; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Gadzooks, how drunk was I last night...  photo B-drunk-3-R.gif when I took my truck out for a beer run?

Hummmmm...  photo Grill-Pelosi-1-350.gif Not that drunk...  photo Bender-Stand-upL.gif at all--

16 posted on 02/14/2013 6:56:41 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: KeyLargo

LMAO!


17 posted on 02/14/2013 7:13:37 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: ken5050

lol, that would have been perfect.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 7:22:49 AM PST by Girlene
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To: BerryDingle

That owl looks really pizzed off.

I’ve never hit an owl but I had a large turkey run into the path of my wifes minivan while doing 80 on the thurway. On impact I saw a large puff of feathers and the turkey launched about 20 feet in the air. Left a turkey shaped indent (and some guts) on the license plate.


19 posted on 02/14/2013 8:21:16 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: KeyLargo

Everything tastes great if you smother it in cream of hoot owl soup.


20 posted on 02/14/2013 8:27:00 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

A big white bird hit the windshield of a van I was driving on the highway once.

SCARED the $#1t out of me.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 8:39:49 AM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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To: bicyclerepair

Happened to me too. Hot sunny day on a flat straight freeway. Half asleep, hypnotized by the bordom.

WHAMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

I literally started going into shock. My extremities started tingling, I began hyperventilating.

Had to stop and get out of the car to pull myself together.


22 posted on 02/14/2013 8:45:04 AM PST by DManA
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To: Bender2

At least, you are driving a Ford!!


23 posted on 02/14/2013 9:01:16 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: BerryDingle
X-rays did not find any fractures, head trauma or internal injuries. The owl received fluids and pain medications from the veterinary staff.

Owlbamacare.

24 posted on 02/14/2013 9:11:54 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: BerryDingle
Yeehaw Junction.

From Wiki:

The junction's name "Yeehaw" comes from the Seminole tribe in origin and means "wolf", referring to wolves that inhabited the area. According to town historians and several original newspaper articles that are displayed at the Desert Inn and Restaurant National Historical site, the town was originally named "Jackass Junction". This name was given to the four-corner site back in the early 1930s, when local ranchers rode on burros to visit the Desert Inn (then the local brothel). As the 1950s approached, the Florida legislature felt that a name change was due in light of the construction of Florida's Turnpike through the center of the community in 1957, resulting in renaming the town to its present-day name.

25 posted on 02/14/2013 9:16:21 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: BerryDingle

Owl in Car Grill:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZoOwk66bmI


26 posted on 02/14/2013 11:29:00 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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