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Russian Foreign Ministry staff gives a hoot, saves owl from clutches of angry crows

The owl was spotted on a tree near the ministry’s building

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s press and information department have rescued an owl attacked by crows near the ministry’s headquarters in downtown Moscow, its Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Facebook page on Thursday.

The owl was spotted on a tree near the ministry’s building, she said.

"Falcons live [in the building’s spire] and the owl’s visit wouldn’t have been a surprise, had it not been for the crows’ aggressive behavior. They started circling the owl and attacking it," Zakharova said.

The owl was obviously stressed, but it refused to fly away as if it were waiting for help. "And we helped," she said.

According to Zakharova, the department’s officials removed the owl from the tree, brought it inside and tucked the bird into a box.

After that, the owl was handed over to vets who will examine and feed the bird and release it into the woods near Moscow.

"But we will be keeping an eye on the owl’s fate," Zakharova vowed.