The Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon released a great horned owl into the wild Tuesday evening, after it was treated by the clinic for injuries.
The owl was admitted Jan. 21 after becoming trapped in building material and damaging its beak.
"It actually had become trapped in, what we understand, is some wire mesh from the folks that had brought it in, at a building that was being constructed," said Dr. Miranda Sadar, a veterinarian at the University of Saskatchewan.
The clinic treated the wild animal for soft tissue injuries and waited to release it until it was capable of feeding and hunting properly.
The bird was released at Holiday Park.
"Especially with him, he was doing a great job out in the wild, he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," Sadar said.
"I'm pretty sure he has a good chance."
For the staff at the hospital, releasing an animal back into nature is a perk of the job.
"It's one of the best feelings we can get at the hospital. I've been doing this for almost a decade and every time one of these birds gets to go back into the wild, it's always a good day for all of us here," said Dr. Sadar.
Sadar added that the release showed a strong first flight with the owl landing comfortably in a tree.
"This is his territory so hopefully he will be able to gather his bearings and be able to navigate his way home tonight," she said.
Due to the high cost of treating these animals, the VMC is always seeking donations to support wildlife cases such as this one. Donations can be made here.