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Santa Barbara CHP Officers help save injured owl

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Santa Barbara CHP helped to corral an injured owl on the 101 on Thursday.
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The Ojai Raptor Center on Facebook
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The Ojai Raptor Center on Facebook

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara CHP Officers responded to multiple reports of a disoriented owl on Highway 101 last Thursday.

The barn owl was located along the center divider of the Northbound 101 at Milpas Street in Santa Barbara.

CHP Officers helped to corral the owl so that Santa Barbara Wildlife officials could take it for treatment.

The owl was treated at the Ojai Raptor Center who found that it had sustained serious injuries from an impact with a car. As a result, the owl had significant internal bleeding as well as trauma to its face, nasal cavity and eye.

The center was unsure if the owl would survive its injuries on Friday, but after a weekend of medicine and supportive care, the owl has been making a quick recovery!

The Ojai Raptor Center said in a Facebook update on Monday that, "the bleeding has subsided, the eye has made significant improvement and he/she started eating on its own! ... Today we can say that we are confident that this Owl is going to survive."

If you would like to support the wildlife efforts of the Ojai Raptor Center, you can donate at the Patagonia Action Works website this month.

Patagonia said they will match all donations made on Patagonia Action Works between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31. up to $10,000 per donation.

The Ojai Raptor Center is dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing birds of prey as well as other wildlife.

The center is located at 370 Baldwin Road in Ojai.

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