WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The snowy owl that has been recently spotted around D.C. was brought to the National Zoo for care after it was hit by a bus.
The owl was reportedly hit by a bus on the 15th and I Street area. D.C. police found the owl and reported the injury to the National Zoological Police, according to Zoo officials.
When the owl arrived, we're told it was alert and responsive but subdued. The were no obvious physical injuries but there was blood on the bird. Zoo officials say the owl had blood in its mouth, which is consistent with suspected head trauma.
The owl was provided supportive care which included pain medication, Meloxicam, and non-steroid inflammatory drug akin to aspirin and provided fluids sub-cutaneously. The owl is being cared for by Dr. Jessica Siegal-Willott at the Zoo's hospital.
Zoo officials say they kept the owl comfortable and in a quiet atmosphere while waiting for it to be picked up by City Wildlife for rehabilitation. Protocol is that wild animals are provided care and released back into the wild by a state or in this case a city-affiliated animal organization.
City Wildlife Biologist Abby Hehmeyer says they will give the owl x-rays in order to determine any missed injuries, but their goal is to release her as soon as possible.
Zoo veterinarians believes the owl is female because of the bird's size and color, since females tend to be a little larger and darker than male snowy owls.