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Benilde-St. Margaret's teachers rescue trapped owl

The great horned owl was caught in a soccer goal net.
Credit: Benilde-St. Margaret's

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Three staff members at Benilde-St. Margaret's School helped save a great horned owl, after it became trapped in a net on one of the school's athletic fields.

School officials said facilities worker Will Ola first spotted the owl in a soccer goal net on Wednesday morning. He called in science teacher John Porisch and physical education instructor Casey Hanson to help safely untangle the bird. 

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Porisch said his first thought was to grab some heavy gloves from the chemistry lab, knowing an owl's talons can be sharp and strong. They noticed the owl's head was caught in one of the squares of the netting, and carefully cut around the net to untangle the bird.

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"There was a good amount of adrenaline, in a healthy way, knowing you can help it," Porisch told KARE 11. "Once we let it go, it immediately flew away over the football field and into the nearby wildlife area."

School officials said the teachers were the just the right people for the rescue. 

"Mr. Porisch's background in Ecology and Mr. Hanson's daily expertise handling BSM netting allowed our new owl friend to take to the skies once again!" said Megan Peterson, Marketing and Communications Director at BSM. 

Porisch says it's possible the owl is nesting in the neighboring wildlife area, where he's spotted similar great horned owls before.