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Published March 24, 2013, 07:17 PM

A Minnesota woman nurtures birds back to the wild

Perley, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Perley, Minnesota woman works up close with creatures, that for most of us, are as elusive as spring weather right now.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Perley, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Perley, Minnesota woman works up close with creatures, that for most of us, are as elusive as spring weather right now.

Fitting that one of the owls Pam Mortenson released today is a snowy owl.

Pam Mortenson has been nursing injured animals back to health for years, now with No Critter Left Behind.

Pam: "It's a lot of work and a lot of money, but it's so rewarding."

Now, four months of hard work is about to pay off. She's releasing two owls she's had in her care since December.

Pam: "You want them back in perfect health, because they use their wings to catch their prey, and whatnot. So, they really need to be perfect."

Getting them to this point can be a grueling process.

Some need to be hand or tube fed, injured wings get wrapped, and then its re-learning how to fly.

This great horned owl was hit by a car near Moorhead.

Pam: "She had a mild concussion, she had a little bit of eye damage but that seems to have corrected itself. She's a feisty thing that's ready to go."

Meanwhile, this snowy owl, who Pam thinks is a young male, was found on I-94 with an injured shoulder.

Pam: "This one has also gotten a lot feistier." Owl: "*Hiss*"

These animals aren't released just anywhere. Pam scopes out a safe spot close to their natural habitat. Once they're in the right spot, she says goodbye to her feathered patients.

Pam: "That's what it's all about. You get kind of teary-eyed, because that was five months of that. She's going to hopefully, do what she's supposed to do."

If you find an injured animal, you can contact Pam at the number on the screen.

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