Owl rescue

A Catoosa County deputy rescued an injured Great Horned Owl along I-75 near Tunnel Hill Thursday, Jan. 25, and was able to transport him to an animal rehabilitation facility. (Contributed photo/Meredith Sisk)

Catoosa County Deputy Meredith Sisk recently went above and beyond to rescue an owl that was injured along I-75 near Tunnel Hill.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Sisk says a call came in from a passerby about an injured owl on the side of the interstate, which prompted her to try help out the injured bird.

"He (the passerby) called the sheriff's office for help, so I grabbed a box I'd found and headed to him," Sisk said. "We scooped him up a towel and into the box he went."

Sisk says the animal had an issue with its eye and leg, but still accepted her help.

"He didn't act aggressive toward us at all," Sisk said. "He didn't try to fly away either. His eye was injured and closed shut, and he had dried blood on his leg."

Sisk says she inquired with several places trying to find medical assistance for the bird, and was finally referred to Happinest Wildlife Rescue on Signal Mountain, Tenn.

The facility identified the bird as a Great Horned Owl, and will try to rehab it back to full health.

"They said they would rehab him and return him to his home area," Sisk said. "I had to tell them where we found him and they said they would let me know when and that I could be there for the release."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.