Rescue of Archimedes

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue January. 25, 2018 2655 views

Today I saw something on the left side of the road, when I drove my mother back from hospital. Of course we were chatting and so I didn't have a closer look at that "something". But in the back of my head was still this nagging thought, that it was a bird of prey. An hour later I drove the same street back to Vienna. I was searching for it, even it should be gone by then. Actually I don't know why I looked. Maybe this specific nagging in the back of my head told me, that with the "something" was something wrong. And there it was - still on the right side of the road. An owl! A little male long-eared owl!

I hit the brakes and used for the first time (the car is just 450 km "old") the hazard flasher. I grabbed my camera and went back in a wide circle, because I didn't want to scare Mr. Archimedes away. When I hunched down in front of Archimedes he didn’t opened his eyes but slowly turned his head. I was so happy that he was alive, that I almost didn't hear the car, which stopped right behind my back. The driver asked, if I had a collision with the owl and I if I need some help. He searched in his car for a cardboard box and I was really glad and thankful that he had one! Meanwhile I "stripped" a little bit in the cold: I lifted Archimedes, who was very apathetic, with my hoodie in the box and carried him in my car. I turned off the heat, because I didn't want to overheat Archimedes - so it was after 120 km freezing cold in the car and I looked like an icicle. At least the incredible nice car has a heating unit in the seat ... I decided to transport Archimedes to Wiener Tierschutzverein. He got a lot of attention of the doctor and the staff. Everybody was glad, that he was still alive. At the moment I have high hopes for him. Archimedes will be looked after and will be well fed. Maybe he stays until he will be recovered or he will be transferred to Greifvogelstation Haringsee. Anyway I will follow up on Archimedes, maybe I get the chance to bring him back where he belongs!

 Long-eared owl (Asio otus)

Long-eared owl (Asio otus)

Almost invisible, but in the wrong place at the wrong time! On the roadside between Frankenau and Kleinmutschen (Austria/Burgenland).

Almost invisible, but in the wrong place at the wrong time! On the roadside between Frankenau and Kleinmutschen (Austria/Burgenland).

I was very careful not to scare Archimedes.

I was very careful not to scare Archimedes.

My first guest in the car! I covered the box with a blanket, to make it dark and cosy for Archimedes. On the other hand, I didn't want to have an owl flying around in my car.

My first guest in the car! I covered the box with a blanket, to make it dark and cosy for Archimedes. On the other hand, I didn't want to have an owl flying around in my car.

Archimedes in the capable hands of the doctor: The wing seems not to be broken, but a nevertheless not in the best shape for flying.

Archimedes in the capable hands of the doctor: The wing seems not to be broken, but a nevertheless not in the best shape for flying.

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Annaliza Dach 1 year, 8 months ago

Wow! You made such a difference in this little fellow's life!! Glad to got him some help!!!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Annaliza Dach 1 year, 8 months ago

Let's hope, he will fully recover!

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Tawnya Boe 1 year, 8 months ago

Sigrid - these are great shots!  I just did an art study of some birds, several were owls. Because of this my interest in them has grown. Your story is heartwarming. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to the update.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Tawnya Boe 1 year, 8 months ago

Today I called Tierschutzhaus. Archimedes didn't eat so the team stuffed his beak/belly the last two days. Tomorrow I will visit him. I hope, that he will recover and I will get the chance to bring him back "home". At the moment Roland is printing the pictures as a present, because I photographed the doctor holding the owl on his fist. I didn't post the picture, because I didn't asked for his approval.

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Tawnya Boe Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 8 months ago

Awe - that is so kind. I  bet the doctor will cherish the gift! grinning

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Tawnya Boe 1 year, 8 months ago

I hope so, because it's actually I nice portrait of both of them ...

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Tawnya Boe Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 8 months ago

smile

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 8 months ago

Love the reference to Archimedes. You are a very good person and I love the shots!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 8 months ago

Of course it has to be gruff Archimedes, my absolute favorite - besides charming Mim herself ... smile I hope, he will make it!

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Russell Smith 1 year, 8 months ago

I hope to hear an update on this guy. I am glad he was alive and taken to get needed care.

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 8 months ago

I will follow up on him!

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm so pleased you went back. What a gorgeous creature - I hope he thrives!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Helen Hooker 1 year, 8 months ago

Indeed a beauty and it was very sad to see him like that. I hope very much to bring him back "home" myself.

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Heike 1 year, 8 months ago

Klasse, das Du ihn bemerkt und gerettet hast ! Ein kleines Leben zu retten ist etwas, das man nie vergißt. Ein süßer Kerl, ich drücke ganz fest die Daumen, dass er die ganze Geschichte überlebt !

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 1 year, 8 months ago

Unglaublicher Zufall, dass ich den armen Kerl gesehen habe. Ich hoffe jetzt sehr, dass er kein verstecktes Schädeltrauma hat, das er nicht überlebt. Wenn ich die Chance bekomme ihn selbst wieder auswildern zu dürfen, dann mache ich natürlich Fotos - so ein Happy End wäre echt schön.

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

God bless your kindness. (and I'm not a religious person)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

I would never let a living breathing creature die, if I could do something. I hope, that I will know more  tomorrow.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 8 months ago

You have scored some good points on mount Olympus. Well done,and some nice pics as a reward.

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 8 months ago

I deeply hope I can take some more picture during bring Archimedes back ... In the End I'm a little bit selfish too. wink

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 8 months ago

You can be a bit selfish.

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Andi Saw 1 year, 8 months ago
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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 8 months ago

blush

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 8 months ago

just "thank you" for being the kind of person that makes me have faith that humanity is not dead.. [i will be watching for updates.. beautiful owl]

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 8 months ago

I hope, Archimedes will get through. Tomorrow I will call - I got a "case number" - and I really hope, that I will be the person, who will bring him back "home".

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

Bless You!!!
I'll wager he was hit by a car and stunned & injured by the impact.....
He was very fortunate to have such a kind soul, as yourself, happen by to save him....
Bravo!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

I was lucky to spot him at all - an almost invisible little feather ball! I think, he is exhausted, underweight and not too much (hopefully) injured. Maybe I get a chance to bring him back!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 8 months ago

I'll be looking forward to seeing him again, all healed & ready to resume his life in the wild!

Bless You, Sigrid!

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Paul Watson 1 year, 8 months ago

Well done for rescuing him. Hopefully, he'll make a full recovery!

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Paul Watson 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm looking forward to bring him back "home".

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David Allen 1 year, 8 months ago

That is a lovely story.

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Allen 1 year, 8 months ago

I so much hope for a happy ending!

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