Two baby Great Horned owlets are safely back in their nest after falling out of tree in Colorado Springs.
Assisting Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Corey Adler, firefighters Eli Neshiem and Chris Jones were able to safely get the two little owls back into their nest with the use of an extendable fire ladder. In a nearby tree, the mother owl watched the rescue from the sidelines.
The baby owls, still covered with white, downy feathers, were estimated to be around 15 days old.
"Normally when Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers call in firefighters, it's to help get a bear out of a tree. But this time, we asked Colorado Springs Fire Department to help us get two Great Horned owlets back into their tree in Colorado Springs. They were happy to help," CPW said in a tweet on Thursday.
This was not as simple as lifting them up and plopping them in a nest. @CSFDPIO Firefighter Eli Neshiem had to stretch to get them in their nest in the top of the tree. They won't be ready to fly for 30 days or so. And their mother was nearby, watching the #rescue. (4/5) pic.twitter.com/sBQgPDHbtF— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) April 1, 2021
Wildlife officials say these owls won't be ready to fly for at least another 30 days.
In a similar incident, a Great Horned owl was reunited with its siblings after falling from its nest in an attempt to fly.
If you find a baby owl or hawk that appears to have fallen from a nest or tree and is on the ground, please contact your local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office. Unable to return to the safety of their nests on their own, many birds that take a fall like this end up as food for a predator or dying from exposure.