Jan 23, 2016 7:34 PM

Families bundle up to watch a Great Horned Owl released back into the wild

DANVILLE - Parents bundled up their young ones and headed to the Danville Elementary School to witness one of New Hampshire's Great Horned Owls released back into the wild.

"You can't explain it, every single time you release a bird back to the wild it's emotional, it's great. You know you're giving it a second chance," said Jane Kelly, who runs On the Wing and focuses solely on the rehabilitation of owls. "You couldn't ask for a better outcome right? You always want them to go back."

It all started last week, when one Danville resident went out to check his chicken coop, finding one of his ducks dead and a Great Horned Owl tangled in the wire of the coop's roof. With abrasions on the top of his beak and in both eyes, N.H. Fish and Game responded quickly, removing the owl from the wire and transferring him to a local animal rehab center in Epping.

After a week of antibiotics, the owl was back in good health and ready to be released, to an audience of elementary students.

"I think it's important for them to be a part of the community and the town, and this is like a once in a lifetime event to come out here and see a wild animal," Jessica Tuttle, a Danville resident and mother said. "I think it's fun for them to see and experience.

Along with the experience of seeing the bird be released, Fish & Game also shared ways to prevent these events from happening.

"It's all about tightening up your animal's cages, basically preventing anything from getting into them," Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris McKee said.

For more information about how to prevent similar wildlife accidents from occurring, visit Fish & Game's website.

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