D.C. police rescue celebrity snowy owl after collision with Metro bus

Veterinary technician Peter Flowers holds the snowy owl for an exam after the bird was struck by a Metro bus. (Photo Credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Veterinary technician Peter Flowers holds the snowy owl for an exam after the bird was struck by a Metro bus. (Photo Credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

A snowy owl that captivated D.C.-area residents earlier this month was struck by a Metro bus and taken to the zoo to be treated, officials said.

D.C. police found the owl in the area of 15th and I Street in Northwest Washington early Thursday, and took the bird to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for treatment, officials said.

The bird appeared dazed and subdued, but was responsive, authorities said. Animal care workers found no obvious physical injuries, but there was blood on the bird and inside the mouth with is consistent with head trauma.

The owl was provided pain medication and fluids,, zoo officials said. The animal will be released back into the wild once it appears well.

The bird delighted commuters and tourists after a heavy snow last week, hanging around 15th and K Streets, and visiting the rooftop of the Washington Post for its closeup.

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