Owl released back into wild following rehabilitation at Great Plains Zoo

 Photo courtesy of the Great Plains Zoo
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Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 2:33 PM CDT
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A Great Horned Owl was released back into the wild at the Great Plains Zoo Wednesday following rehabilitation.

The owl was brought to the zoo after it was found by construction workers buried in a gravel truck and unable to fly.

The zoo staff worked with the bird to help refine its flight and hunting skills in an outdoor training area.

President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Dan Ashe was in town to help celebrate the zoo's new bear exhibit and took the opportunity to help the owl back into the wild.

"Anytime you have an opportunity to help an animal it's a precious day, and it's emblematic of the type of zoo that the Great Plains Zoo is," he said. "It reflects their commitment not just to take care of the animals that live here at the zoo, but to take care of all animals."

In addition to caring for more than 1,000 animals, the Great Plains Zoo serves as a regional rehabilitation facility for native wildlife.