- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2014

A snowy owl that had caught the attention of bird lovers in the D.C. area recently was injured when it was hit by a bus early Thursday, according to National Zoo officials, who are now caring for the bird.

The owl was struck by a bus and found near 15th and I streets Northwest in D.C. around 3 a.m., according to zoo officials. Metropolitan Police Department officers brought the owl to the Smithsonian National Zoo for care.

The owl, thought to be female, was bloody and believed to have head trauma but otherwise had no obvious injuries. Zoo staff treated the owl and gave it pain medication. D.C.-based wildlife rehabilitation group City Wildlife picked up the owl from the zoo Thursday and will care for the bird until it recuperates. If the owl makes a full recovery, it is expected to be released back into the wild, officials said.

Observers have reported dozens of sightings of the owl in the D.C. area this week, including the McPherson Square area close to where the bird was reportedly injured.