When you hear about the release of a wild animal, many people have an image in their head of the majestic raptor leaping into the air and flying high into the sky.....or the cute furry animal darting out of the carrier and galloping off into the sunset. Well, more often than not, it can be the most anticlimactic of events! Don't get me wrong, releasing a wild animal back into the wild after it has been successfully rehabilitated is still the most glorious of feelings, regardless of anything! It's just that sometimes, well it's just not akin to an Oscar winning scene in a sweeping saga! LOL
This barred owl is a perfect example of that! He was found injured by the front door of a business in Waltham. Tufts, once again, did a wonderful job getting him healthy and it was time to go back where he came from. When I released him, he didn't soar into the sky, but rather opted to scope things out from the ground. I had no intention of leaving him in such a vulnerable position, however, so I had to encourage him to seek higher ground. Once he finally settled on a little ledge on the "cliff", I was satisfied he could safely get his bearings and fly off in his own time.