Baby great horned owl saved by police after emergency call

A photo of a baby great horned owl, similar to the one found in Burlington County, New Jersey.
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A photo of a baby great horned owl, similar to the one found in Burlington County, New Jersey.

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An unusual emergency call had police officers in New Jersey scratching their heads.

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While owls aren't that unusual in Burlington County, a call for an "owl on the porch is."

When officers with the Bordentown Township Animal Control unit responded to the call Friday morning, they found a baby great horned owl perched on a porch, clearly away from its nest in a nearby tree with neither parent in sight.

So, the officers did what any conscientious wildlife rescue organization would do after locating the empty nest. They built the baby a new nest, put it in an adjacent tree and hoped that the parents would return.

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The plan is to monitor the bird and, if the parents don't return, they'll take the baby to a wildlife center for care until they can release it.

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