A patrolling Duluth police officer got a bird's eye view of a disoriented Barred Owl when the harried hooter hopped onto the hood of his squad car.
Barred Owls are forest-dwelling creatures who usually shy away from interaction with people, so the sight of a large specimen grounded in a busy city street intersection was bound to raise an eyebrow or two. K-9 Officer & Tactical Response Team Operator Richard LeDoux of the Duluth Police Department happened to be patrolling the area on the night of February 7th, 2017 when a concerned citizen flagged him down.
“They thought it had maybe been hit by car,” stated LeDoux to the Duluth News Tribune. The officer returned to his car and prepared to place a call to the city's animal rescue organization but at that point the owl took matters into its own, er, talons by hopping up onto the squad car's hood. “It was there maybe a minute or so,” explained LeDoux. “It didn't seem to be in any hurry.”
Realizing the odds of an owl eye-balling him through his car windshield were minuscule at best, LeDoux snapped the flustered feathery freeloader with his smartphone. Shortly thereafter, the apparently uninjured owl took to the air and silently flapped into the chill Minnesota night.
As for Officer LeDoux, he'll have no trouble convincing his fellow men & women in blue of his close encounter of the owlish kind, now that he's posted the photo above to his Twitter account.