Owl sneaks into MN History Center

5:29 PM, Mar 30, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A window repair project temporarily morphed the Minnesota History Center into a hangout for a wayward raptor Tuesday.

An owl decided to check out the history haven around 9 a.m. when he discovered an opening on the construction site. A spokesperson for the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) says the raptor then settled quietly on a building support beam on the fourth floor where staff offices are located.

At the direction of the U of M Raptor Center work crews quickly set up plastic sheeting around the owl. Experts from the Raptor Center arrived on site around 1 p.m. and carefully removed the bird for evaluation and probable release.

Steps have been taken to insure the building is sealed properly against birds and other wildlife for the rest of the window repair.

"We thought the guy was a great harbinger of spring -- or maybe that was wishful thinking," wrote Jessica Kohen of the MHS.

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