Back to wild for this owl

November 5, 2008 5:08:10 AM PST
An injured owl found on a Westchester County animal hospital's doorstep has recovered and is apparently making its way in the wild.

The Greenburgh Nature Center said Tuesday the bird hasn't been spotted since its release Thursday. The northern saw-whet owl was found Oct. 8 outside the Tuckahoe Animal Hospital, unable to fly because of an injured wing.

Nature Center assistant managing director Sara Cashen says wildlife workers later learned that a local resident had found the owl lying on a sidewalk and brought it to the animal hospital before business hours.

Cashen says the owl recovered once given some food and rest.

The small, forest-dwelling owl is named for named for its distinctive call, which sounds like a saw blade being sharpened.