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!