In a heartwarming rescue in a rural area of St. Louis County, two videos of construction field hands helping a tiny tangled owl trapped in a soccer net, has garnered more than 50 million views – yes that’s no typo – the video has been seen more than 50 million times on Facebook and shared 168,000 times.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the first video was posted by Will Brown, who told the story. The G&S Construction & Farms crew had been switching a water hook-up near the soccer fields in the south of the county when the owner of the field spotted the little owl trapped in the soccer net. The defenseless little one’s wings were awry, and the orange netting entangled his brown feathers. His situation, at least for the owl, was hopeless.
Did he just not see the net as he was hunting for prey? And as if the owl knew the men were helping him, the little guy remained still as Brown and the owner carefully cut away at the netting; the owl’s bright yellow eyes just staring; all the while Brown speaking quietly to soothe the wild owl. When the bird was finally freed, he was carefully placed on the ground and within moments the owl flew away.
“He didn’t bite, so I’ll take that as a ‘thank you,'” Brown joked on Facebook.
Brown has received numerous compliments and “lots of love” for the kind act; we just need more people just like Will Brown.
Photos and video of tangled owl via screenshots by Will Brown.
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