Girl saves owl from cats

In­jured bird sent for as­sess­ment at wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ADAM MACINNIS

A small saw-whet owl has a 10-year-old New Glas­gow girl to thank for sav­ing its life.

Mon­day morn­ing shortly be­fore 7 a.m., Heaven MacPhee looked out a win­dow of her home on the west side of New Glas­gow and saw the owl on her fam­ily’s lawn sur­rounded by two cats.

“She ran out­side, shooed them away and some­how man­aged to get the owl to get on a piece of wood,” Heaven’s mother Karen said.

The owl ap­peared to be in­jured so she care­fully put it in a box and took it in­side.

Karen’s hus­band Kenny did a Google search on­line about what to do with an in­jured owl in Nova Sco­tia and found a con­tact from the Cobe­quid Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre. Karen called and they agreed to take the owl and care for it.

Through a friend they were able to con­nect with Paul Schurr from the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources who agreed to trans­port the owl to the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre.

She said it was amaz­ing how calm the owl was when the DNR worker came to pick it up.

Karen said they didn’t want to dis­turb it too much, but it looked like the wing was bro­ken so that it couldn’t fly.

She was told by staff at the Cobe­quid Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre that their first choice is to fix it and re­lease it back where it was found.

In some cases if the in­juries are too se­vere, they will be forced to eu­th­a­nize the an­i­mal.

If it can be fixed, but they don’t think it would sur­vive in the wild, another op­tion is to move it to the Shube­nacadie Wildlife Park.

“I hope it can be re-re­leased,” Karen said. “It was some sweet.”

This isn’t the first time Heaven has res­cued an an­i­mal.

“A cou­ple months ago she res­cued a mouse out of a cat’s mouth,” Karen said. That mouse be­came a pet for her.

None of it sur­prises Karen, who says Heaven has been an an­i­mal lover from the time she was an in­fant.

They hope that the lit­tle owl, will be able to get the care it needs and hope­fully fully re­cover.


Heaven MacPhee res­cued this saw-whet owl from two cats Mon­day morn­ing. It was taken to the Cobe­quid Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre.


Paul Schurr of the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources agreed to trans­port a saw-whet owl that was res­cued in New Glas­gow Mon­day morn­ing.

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