- One heartwarming story to emerge from the devastating accounts of the Maria Fire in Ventura County, California, is that of Ram, the great horned owl.
- Ventura County firefighters found the owl injured and suffering from smoke inhalation among the ashes of the wildfire.
- He was taken to the Camarillo Wildlife Rehabilitation centre, where he has received treatment and is expected to return to the wild soon.
- While the story warmed the hearts of many, others commented on Ram’s hilariously “displeased” look as he was rescued from the blaze.
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Amid the devastating Maria wildfires in California over the past week, one heartwarming story is that of “Ram,” a great horned owl saved by the dedicated firefighters of the Ventura County Fire Department.
However, Ram didn’t look too pleased about being rescued.
In photos shared by the Ventura County Fire Department, he appears to be scowling – which didn’t go unnoticed by the internet.
“That owl looks sick of everyone’s s—,” one Reddit commenter said.
Another commenter remarked that the owl looked “angry,” perhaps due to his piercing yellow eyes.
After the injured owl was discovered by firefighters, he was wrapped in a firefighter’s jacket and taken to nonprofit organisation Camarillo Wildlife Rehabilitation for treatment.
Ventura Fire Department Crew 12, who rescued the bird on Sunday, requested that the bird be named Ram after the crew’s favourite football team, the Los Angeles Rams.
“Many thanks to the hard-working VCFD hand crew who saved the life of this beautiful great horned owl,” Camarillo Wildlife wrote on its Facebook page. “He was found among the ashes, disoriented and suffering from smoke inhalation and a bad case of flat flies. 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.”
According to a video update posted to the VCFD Facebook page, Ram is reportedly doing well and will return to the wild soon.
“The owl is doing great,” Nicky Thole of Camarillo Wildlife said in the video. “We’ve monitored him for 48 hours and we’re going to move him outside now that we think he can eat by himself. We want to see how he flies, and if he has any labored breathing doing so.”
Thole also mentioned the brave firefighters retrieved the owl from the fires “just in time.”
Despite looking less than thrilled at his current situation, we’re sure Ram was delighted to be rescued by the crew of firefighters.
The Maria Fire is now reported to be 95% contained after burning through an estimated 10,000 acres of land.
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