As devastating wildfires race across California, people and animals are being displaced, but we can share one bright spot out of so much tragedy.
The Ventura County Fire Department scooped up an injured Great Horned Owl from the ashes of the Maria Fire.
The bird in distress was spotted by crews on patrol Saturday.
Animal rescue! The @VCFD handcrew helped save this injured Great Horned Owl from the #MariaFire. The owl was taken to Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Inc. and is already on the mend. Check back to see our video with an update. pic.twitter.com/E9lkKA50EP
— Ventura County Fire (@VCFD) November 3, 2019
The crew named the owl “Ram” after their own mascot and favourite NFL team.
The big bird was taken to Camarillo Wildlife Rehabilitation.
The owl was disoriented, suffering from smoke inhalation and was also infested with flies, according to the organization.
“Thanks to these courageous men, he will make a full recovery and be released back to his territory as soon as it’s safe to do so,” the wildlife group added.
And now there’s even better news.
“The owl is doing great,” said Camarillo’s Nicky Thole.
“I think the prognosis is excellent due to the efforts of the firefighters. I think they got him just in time, got him out of that area. And he will be able to be released,” she added.
It’s more proof: Big or small, firefighters love them all.
“Ram” the great horned owl is making a full recovery thanks to amazing care provided by @camwildlife. @VCFD Crew 12 named the owl after their crew mascot and favorite team the @RamsNFL. We are excited to help release “Ram” back to the wild soon! Great teamwork by all involved. pic.twitter.com/UEOHP1j2TJ
— Ventura County Fire (@VCFD) November 5, 2019
Bravo to firefighters who give a hoot.
Photos Ventura County Fire Department/Twitter