What This Owl Does After Seeing Her Rescuer Is Going To Make You Shed Happy Tears

GiGi was a great horned owl that found herself at the Mississippi Wild at Heart Rescue center last may after sustaining a massive head trauma.

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The rescuers believe the injury was the result of being hit by a car. The owl had severe concussion and her body was riddled with parasites. She also suffered from a condition known as aspergillosis, which is similar to pneumonia in humans.

Founder and director of Wild at Heart, Missy Dubuisson, told reporters the story. So ill was GiGi during her treatment that she lost a full pound of weight. That is quite significant when you consider that the great horned owls generally only weigh between 2 to 5 pounds.

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“This bird was one of the most critical we have ever taken care of,” Dubuisson said. “The fact that this bird has lived is beyond comprehension.” Douglas “Doug” Pojeky, president of the rescue centre was the one person they believed could assist in getting the owl back to good health. Pojeky was affectionately known as the “birds of prey whisperer.”

“In all my years of working with birds of prey, I have never seen someone with such a bond with these magnificent birds,” said Dubuisson. With Pojeky’s love and care, GiGi went from knocking at “death’s door to perching,” Dubuisson said.

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The owl was also able to learn to grab food on her own after initially being hand-fed. GiGi grew to care for and trust Pojeky, and she displayed this in a rather unusual and surprising way. He had been away in Michigan to see his family. GiGi was alone and without Pojeky’s company during this time.

When he returned from his visit, he examined GiGi and straight away she started bobbing her head and dancing on his arm. Next, she walked up to his chest, rested her head on his shoulder and wrapped her wings around him in a full on owl hug. Happy to see her favourite human again, the owl continued her embrace.

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Pojeky told reporters how special and important the owls hug was to him. He said that in his youth, a great horned owl used to perch on the roof of the family barn. Pojeky’s father saw the owl many times but the rest of the family seldom did. On the morning of his father’s death, the owl was seen looking over the farmhouse in which his father had died. “For some reason when that bird was hugging me, all I could think of was my dad,” Pojeky said.

Once GiGi has made a full recovery, she will be released back into the wild.