Fort Mill family flocks to feathered friend

May 13, 2013 

— Special to the Fort Mill Times

On May 2, Brenda Elder, her daughter Rene McDaniel, and granddaughter Leah Tysinger noticed a baby barred owl stranded on Greer Street in Fort Mill.

It was about 4:15 p.m. on a busy afternoon.

“Vehicles were coming from both directions, and no one stopped to ask if help was needed. So sad, but we got the little baby to safety,” Elder said. “My daughter and I got the owl out of the road.”

The family then placed the owl on towels in a bucket. “He still didn’t move for a while – just clacked his beak loudly!” Elder said.

But then he started to show some signs of being curious.

“The little owl stood on top of the towels, and its little down feathers stuck out the cookie rack. It was so cute,” Elder said.

The family vet, Dr. John Lesslie, made a call to Carolina Raptor Center Hospital and the owl was brought there by about 8:30 that evening.

An exam at the showed no broken bones or health problems.

“The vet at the Raptor Hospital told me he had a hard time at first, but then started doing better and eating and was putting on weight,” Elder said.

“He also said he will be ready to go back into the wild in a few weeks. We will all be invited to be the ones to let him go when he’s healthy and ready to fly.”

Elder said she’s glad she and her daughter and granddaughter decided to stop and help. It turned out to be a wise choice.

“I was told we were right in getting him there to the Raptor Hospital as he would have died unattended or surely hit by a vehicle and killed.”

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