A Touchy Situation

A Touchy Situation

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A crowd had formed around an owl on the golf course, which peeked Craig Loving’s curiosity. No one knew why it was there, but it hadn’t moved an inch for hours. Then, Loving tried to help the owl, but his actions put him in a tough spot. As he reached out across the opaque pond, his life was altered in the blink of an eye. No one could have foreseen what was about to happen, until it was too late to do anything about it.

A Bad Sign

A Bad Sign

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Loving was a regular at the Lost Creek Country Club, but he wasn’t a golfer. He was a superintendent there, and he didn’t have a clue what was about to happen to him that morning. Over the years, Loving had dealt with all sorts of issues, but none were as weird as this one. Loving was well aware that any commotion on the golf course was a bad sign, but he never imagined what he would lay eyes upon next.

Perching In An Odd Place

Perching In An Odd Place

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Loving grabbed one the groundskeepers and asked him what all the commotion was about, and that’s when the keeper told him about the owl perched in the pond. As Loving took a closer look, he saw a Great Horned Owl. But what was the big deal? The creature wasn’t endangered. It was actually a common bird across America. So why was everyone making such a fuss over it?

Frozen In Place

Frozen In Place

The groundskeeper told Loving that the owl had been perched for several hours, and no one really understood why it wouldn’t move or fly away. It was like the owl was frozen in time or a statue, and it refused to budge. It hadn’t eaten anything or even spread its wings. Curious, Loving asked the groundskeeper how long the owl had been in that position and the answer left him stunned.

Twelve Hours And Counting

Twelve Hours And Counting

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The groundskeeper told Loving that the bird had been perched for twelve hours after some sort of commotion in the pond. Apparently, the owl had barely managed to make it to the stump in the water. When Loving heard the story, he got really mad. Why did the staff allow the creature to stay there for so long? Then, Loving made a personal decision.

Time To Act

Time To Act

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The thought of allowing the owl to remain perched a minute longer made Loving mad. He knew he had to act quickly in order to figure out what was wrong with the creature. So, Loving started to scope everything within the owl’s vicinity to see if he saw anything suspicious. Then, he saw something that seemed odd. And when he got a better look, he realized he was right.

A Tough Spot

A Tough Spot

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The owl was in a really bad situation. The area around the post where the owl was perched was full of muddy embankments. This would make it difficult for Loving to get to the creature. He had to make sure he was standing on solid ground. But while slipping would be bad, that wouldn’t be the only thing that could go wrong. The mud could act like quicksand and suck Loving in and leave him stuck. But he had to find out why the bird hadn’t moved in so long.

Things Got Real Muddy

Things Got Real Muddy

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Loving grabbed all the gear he would need to go on his rescue mission. He put on some slacks, which the groundskeepers often donned before going fishing in the pond for golf balls. Then he put on some Wellington boots, and headed into the murky water. Loving found the situation unpleasant, but he kept on moving. However, when he got to the owl, he realized why his groundskeepers didn’t help the owl.

Unfriendly Greeting

Unfriendly Greeting

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When Loving finally reached the owl, he wasn’t exactly welcomed by it. In fact, the creature attacked him. But he knew that the owl’s unusual behavior meant that something wasn’t right, so he kept on trying. He had to know why the bird hadn’t moved in so long. Carefully, Loving touched the creature’s wing. But in doing so, he made the situation even worse. Then, the owl decided to strike back.

The Mean Old Owl

The Mean Old Owl

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When Loving tried to check out the owl’s wing, it lashed out violently. “He kept slamming his beak down," he explained. Loving was frightened by the creature, but he did his best to try again. After all, it was obvious that the owl needed help, and he wanted to be the one to offer assistance to it. Then, as Loving spoke soothingly to the owl, it started to calm down. But that’s when he discovered the reason the creature hadn’t moved.

Tangled

Tangled

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Loving had finally solved the mystery. The owl’s wing was tangled in a fishing line, but since the line was so transparent, no one had seen it from the golf course. Carefully, Loving tried to remove the fishing line from the creature’s wing. It was a delicate process, but eventually, he had managed to remove the line without causing the creature any further harm. Once the creature was free, it could have flown away, but instead it did something totally disappointing.

It Was Exhausted

It Was Exhausted

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Everyone thought the owl was stuck for twelve hours. But no one knew how long it had been there before it was discovered by the groundskeepers. However, it was safe to say that it was very tired. In fact, it refused to fly away or even move. Loving realized he had to give the creature a helping hand or it would just sit there until it starved. Then he came up with an idea, but he needed backup.

A Perch To Stand On

A Perch To Stand On

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Loving made his way out of the pond and went out to find something to lure the owl. Then he came back with a shovel and carefully approached the owl. While holding the end of the shovel, Loving offered the bird the handle so that it could perch itself onto it. The owl then climbed on it, which allowed Loving to ferry it to safety. Once he was far from the pond, Loving released the owl onto a grassy area.

Hop Off

Hop Off

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Loving placed the owl down on the embankment, but the creature wasn’t willing to hop off at first. But with a bit of convincing from Loving, the bird eventually did hop off. Then, Loving took a moment to make sure that the bird was okay. He was worried because the bird was a bit sluggish, but he kept hoping that it hadn’t suffered any permanent harm. And when he got closer to the creature once again, the owl did something that was breathtaking.

Unforgettable Experience

Unforgettable Experience

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The owl began to spread its wings as Loving approached. Then it flew away. As the creature hovered in the sky, Loving watched and hoped that the creature would recover from what it had gone through. But one thing was certain, this wasn’t a typical day at the golf course. However, Loving was ecstatic that he got the chance to help the owl. “It was definitely the first time I’ve ever done that, so it was a new experience.”

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