The owl and the Christmas tree

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

John Spohrer
Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM.


There are all kinds of Christmas gifts. Karen Bush got a unique one a few years ago.

One bright December night, she was driving home from a visit with her mother in Atlanta . She had the sunroof (moonroof?) open with three feet of a large Christmas tree protruding into the cool night air.

It was about 10:30 p.m. when she reached the St. George Island bridge. An animal lover; Karen had just congratulated herself on not seeing a single dead animal beside the road over the entire trip. She was excited and happy to be home.

Suddenly, something hit the side of her car. She was aware of large wings and thought it must be an owl.

Halfway across the bridge, she did a U-turn and returned to where the accident had occurred, driving on the wrong side of the road for the last few yards.

In her high beams, she saw an owl lying in the road. She got out of the car for a closer look. The bird was motionless.

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