Officer Stephens used a beach towel provided by the homeowners and also wore mechanic gloves to make sure he didn’t get bit. When he arrived to the shelter, he opened the compartment on his truck and said he was thrilled to notice the owl had “perked up” during the short drive. He said he was impressed it hadrecovered, considering it may have been in the pool a very long time.
Homeowner Betty Marks said the family was surprised to discover the owl early Tuesday at about 6 a.m. and tried to get it out themselves with the towel bridge.
“The poor thing was so cold and it was shivering,” Marks said. “We did not know how long it had stayed in there. But the officer was so gentle. He used the beach towel to cuddle it up and wrap it and make it so cozy. The officer was very sweet.”
Marks’ daughter, Julie Parsons, and her husband considered plucking the owl out themselves but they had some second thoughts, not knowing if the owl might attack them. “This is not a job for a civilian,” said Parsons, lightheartedly. “This is a job for a professional. I told my husband, ‘It might bite your face off.’”Marks and Parsons both said they were pleased to learn the owl was being cared for by a rehab specialist.