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December 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

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Snowy owl released in Volunteer Park


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Rescued on Capitol Hill in mid-November, a snowy owl is released in Volunteer Park Saturday by Sarvey Wildlife Care Center. The owl, with a wingspan of more than three feet, left its crate, lower right, a second after the door was opened. A crowd watched as the owl flew away silently. Three weeks ago, the bird was found on the ground, emaciated and grasping a gull. Kestrel SkyHawk from the wildlife center said it would likely find a mate next year when it flies to more familiar habitat in Northern Alaska or Northern Canada.

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