Good Samaritan attacked while helping owl

Arizona woman brought owl into her car

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An Arizona woman was trapped in her car Monday night after taking an owl that appeared to be injured into her vehicle, the Arizona Game and Fish Department said.

Game and Fish posted pictures to Twitter taken by the woman as she struggled with the large bird in her cramped car north of Tucson.

"She retrieved it from the roadway, and it was essentially motionless, and took it into her car and at that time it revived and latched onto her steering wheel and her sleeve," Game and Fish spokesman Mark Hart told The Arizona Republic. "Her intention there was to render aid."

The woman’s mother contacted wildlife officials while the situation was in progress, and they suggested pouring water on the owl to get it to loosen its grip, but the woman said the owl just drank the water.

"She's fortunate she wasn't hurt," Hart told The Republic. "We have instances ranging from people trying to aide a coyote hit by a car and down on the street only to be bitten, to people separating young wildlife from their mothers in the mistaken notion that a mother has abandoned the small animal."

The owl eventually left the car of its own volition, and no longer seemed injured.

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