Rescued Long-eared Owl released in Central Park

January 3, 2018

In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, photo, an injured female Long-eared Owl, who likely suffered a concussion after striking a window and was rescued from the 14th story of a midtown Manhattan building, is shown during intake before being treated at the Wild Bird Fund, a New York city-based wildlife rehabilitation center. The owl was treated with anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotic eye drops by the rehabilitation center and recovered over the weekend. She was released under a supermoon in New York's Central Park on New Years' Day. (Phyllis Tseng/Wild Bird Fund via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two workers for a company that normally treats birds as pests to be eradicated instead became saviors when they rescued a Long-eared owl that had struck a building in midtown Manhattan.

Barry Beck, vice president of the pest control company Assured Environments, and employee Paul Abbatantuono, spotted the owl lying on a 14th floor setback while responding to a call last week.

The pair wrapped the injured foot-long owl in a fleece jacket and brought her via subway to the Wild Bird Fund , a non-profit that rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife in New York City.

After a couple of days of care, the owl was released in Central Park Monday under a supermoon.

Long-eared owls can be recognized by their distinctive ear tufts that point straight up like exclamation marks.

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