Va. officials rescue wildly flying owl

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) - An elderly, possibly blind owl that had been flying wildly into cars and building in Mount Vernon was rescued by animal control officers.

Officials had been receiving calls for days about the owl from motorists and pedestrians on Richmond Highway near Sacramento Drive. On Friday, officers spotted the owl on a live power line.

Police officers, firefighters and bystanders threw towels 20 feet in the air at the owl. The bird eventually landed on a parking lot and was captured with a net.

Animal Control Officers say the owl was ill and malnourished; one eye was missing and the other had cataracts.

The bird was taken to a raptor rehabilitation center in Falls Church.