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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a snowy owl rests on a ledge of a building in Washington. The National Zoo in Washington says that a snowy owl was apparently hit by a bus and is being treated at the Zoo. Zoo spokeswoman Annalisa Meyer says the owl was brought to the zoo shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. A veterinarian was called in to treat the owl for an apparent head injury. It will then be transferred to a city rehabilitation facility. Snowy owls aren't usually seen in the region, but have been moving far south of their Arctic habitats searching for food due to a population spike. It's uncertain if this is the injured owl.

Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press - Ap

Snowy owl that survived bus hit dies in Minnesota

  • Associated Press
  • August 22, 2014 - 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON — The snowy owl that captured the nation's capital attention when it perched at The Washington Post building and survived being hit by a bus has died.

The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center in St. Paul says on its website that the owl, which had undergone rehab there, was found dead on the shoulder of a Minnesota highway.

The owl was seen in downtown D.C. in January, drawing crowds as it perched for several hours on a ledge outside The Post's headquarters.

A few days later, the owl was apparently hit by a bus, and was taken to the National Zoo for treatment.

The bird was sent to the Raptor Center and was returned to the wild in April.

The bird's body was identified by a band placed on its leg.

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