Screech owl returns to the wild

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Animal releases are nothing new, but sometimes it's fun to look back on the journey some took to setback to their home.  

Back in May, gusting winds hit in Apache Junction. In the backyard of Paula Koszarek's home, she found a baby owl that fell out of its nest and broke its wing. She called fish and wildlife and eventually reached out to Liberty Wildlife who took the little guy in.

For a few months, the screech owl recovered while living in an enclosure with several other baby screech owls and under the care of two adoptive owl parents.

When it came time to release the little guy back into the wild, Liberty Wildlife brought him back to the very same yard he was found.

The release was comical to say to the least.

When releasing an animal back into the wild you try to minimize your contact with it. So in this case, they opened the box it was in but it was a bit stubborn and took about 20 minutes to fly off.

Liberty Wildlife says if you ever run into an injured wild animal, don't try to take care of it yourself. Leave it to the professionals who will in turn release back to where it came.

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