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Snowy the owl finally eats mice

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Snowy was found nearly 4,000 miles away from his natural habitat. Snowy was found nearly 4,000 miles away from his natural habitat.
Sally Seyal Sally Seyal

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – At the Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky there was a lot of chatter about its newest tenant.

The center currently houses 45 birds and is also Sally Seyal's second home. She is a volunteer who introduced us to a bird she nicknamed Snowy.

Snowy agreed to come out of his cage after having his first good meal in a while, three mice. The meal was a milestone after the starving bird was spotted Friday near the ramp from Westport to Interstate 265.

That's almost 4,000 miles away from its native Arctic Circle. Lately, a larger number of Snowies have been spotted further south in search of food.

"Plus if there's a very good breeding year and they produce a lot of babies, then the babies can't find enough prey, they'll come down," Seyal explained.

The species is one of the heaviest birds in North America. Snowy was almost a pound underweight and too weak to fight.

"We're fortunate. This one is intact," Seyal said. "All he needs to do is eat and get strong."

With Snowy's favorite food on the menu, fingers are crossed he will be strong enough to be released before calling the center his permanent home.

Snowy is also on anti-antibiotics for an infection.

He will cost the center about $4 a day to feed. Raptor Rehabilitation is federally regulated, but gets no cash from the government, so they are in need of mice and men - that is, food for the birds and volunteers.

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