LIFE

Man Grabs A Net And Wades Through Frozen Lake To Save A Snowy Owl Trapped In Ice

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Richard Hoeg was looking out over Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, on December 3, 2017, when he spotted a white snowy owl on the ice.

He didn’t think much of it until he returned almost five hours later and saw that the snowy owl was still there. He immediately knew something was wrong after he was told the owl didn’t fly away when dogs came up to him.

“At this point, I knew the snowy was in trouble,” Richard said. “It should have flown away to escape the dogs.”

Despite the lake being freezing cold and covered in ice, Richard wanted to save the owl. “I used duct tape, a fishing net, and two 2×2, 10-yard long pieces of lumber,” he explained. “This made a long capture device.”

With his net, Richard waded into the cold lake and approached the snowy owl. It was easy to put the net over the owl and drag him to safety. He moved closer to the owl and broke the ice from under him to completely free the helpless bird.

“I obviously broke through some of the ice, but dared not go out deeper for fear of my own life,” he said.

Using his scarf, Richard secured the snowy owl and drove the bird to a wildlife sanctuary that would do a checkup and release it back into the wild.

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