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Published March 08, 2013, 01:13 PM

Owl rescued in Grand Forks headed for recovery at U of M

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A great horned owl that was rescued in Grand Forks after becoming tangled in a kite string is headed to the University of Minnesota.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A great horned owl that was rescued in Grand Forks after becoming tangled in a kite string is headed to the University of Minnesota.

Skiers spotted the female owl hanging by a thread 20 feet off the ground on Wednesday, and several local raptor experts came to her rescue, The Grand Forks Herald reported Friday.

Tim Driscoll led the effort to save the nearly 4 pound raptor. He said the owl is doing well.

"I can tell you she's a lot better tonight than she was last night," he said. "She's very feisty, stabbing her beak and hissing at me. She's ticked right now."

One of Driscoll's former students, Cayla Bendel, is taking the owl to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul so it can get X-rays and wraps for its wings.

Driscoll said he thinks the owl is part of a pair.

"If we could find both owls down there that will make me feel a lot better," he said.

The injured bird will probably be released from St. Paul or in Grand Forks when it's ready to fly again.

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