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Firefighters rescue baby owl whilst battling brush fire in Danvers

DANVERS, Mass. — Crews rescued a baby owl that fell out of its nest Wednesday afternoon while battling a brush fire that had been burning since last night.

Companies had fought the wildfire a day prior in the wooded area behind Danvers High School but after knocking most of the flames down, due to dangerous burning trees beginning to fall, the decision was made to return in the morning to put out any remaining hot spots, according to the Danvers Fire Department.

While returning to extinguish the smoldering flames, firefighters noticed a Great Horned Owl lying motionless in the scorched area.

Crews placed the owl in a box and removed it from the area. After giving it some water, firefighters say the baby bird became much more active.

Danvers Animal Control transported the owl to a local wildlife rehab center for examination, and they determined the owl likely fell from its nest during the fire. Despite being a bit lethargic from smoke inhalation, the owl appeared to be healthy, according to wildlife officials.

The owl is being returned to the area where it was found in an effort to reunite it with its mother.

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