Recently, a U.S. resident named Nicki Robinson was camping with her family. Suddenly she saw a stray cat walking restlessly across the road and heading somewhere. She decided to follow him, thinking he needed help.
“I heard what I thought was an injured squirrel,” Robinson told The Dodo. “I followed the sound and found a fluffball in the wildflowers.”
But it turned out there was something else bothering the cat. As Nicki followed him, she heard a strange squirrel-like sound. She went to the sound, and found there was no squirrel at all – a lonely owl was sitting on the grass, crying. Apparently, the baby had fallen out of the nest and was left all alone.
“He was still close to the roadside,” Robinson said. “I looked around for a nest or tree hole, but couldn’t see anything. He was quivering a lot, and I was worried about a head injury.”
The girl contacted several rescue centers and one of them agreed to take the baby. Nicki, meanwhile, found a box of towels in her car and wrapped the owl in it. She turned on the seat warmer and put the box on him, hoping he would stop shivering. But the baby persisted in trying to get out, demanding attention.
“He kept trying to climb out of the closed box,” Robinson said. “When I checked on him, he would jump onto me and sit happily on the seat belt or my shoulder.I’m sure he was just cold, but he did stop shivering when he snuggled into my cheek.”
Then Nicky took him in her arms, and the little owl snuggled sweetly against her chest. It was as if he was showing his gratitude. Later, the girl brought the owl to the rescuers, and his health was quickly restored. After a few days of treatment, the baby will be released back into the wild.