7 ON YOUR SIDE: How do you get help for an injured animal in the wild?
GAINESVILLE, Va. (ABC7) —
Carie Maxwell came face-to-face with a great horned owl in Gainesville, Virginia, and it was injured. She tried calling for help.
"It was all messages, 'Leave a message and we will return your call,' and I just didn't want the owl eaten by the birds," Maxwell said.
After logging onto Facebook, Maxwell finally got hooked up with Adam Gizinski.
He owns Ataraxia Pest Solutions, but for his entire life he's been saving injured wildlife and he doesn't charge a dime.
Gizinski showed ABC7 News and 7 On Your Side Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor a cell phone video of him trying to track down the injured owl.
"He is trying to fly away but he can't," Taylor said.
"You can see him hop up maybe get eight to 12 inches of air and then come back down," Gizinski added.
After a crazy chase involving owl-versus-man, Gizinski was able to get a blanket around our injured friend.
"We actually use blankets because the talons will tear apart your skin," Gizinski said.
"It's almost like he realizes what you're doing," Taylor said.
"Yeah, even in some of the pictures we have, he sat in my lap all the way to the vet," Gizinski said.
Gizinski dropped the owl off at Pender Exotic Vet Center who treated it and now the owl is doing rehab at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Boyce, Virginia.
The owl had no broken bones, but she did have muscle injuries and a severe infection.
"I am so excited that the owl is in good hands and will be released back over in this area as soon as she is able to be," Maxwell said.
ABC7 News hopes the owl is going to make a full recovery. After it's rehab, 7 On Your Side will take you there for its release.
You can follow the owl’s rehab on Facebook at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.