Baby owl found at Milliken ready to fly free - FOX Carolina 21

Baby owl found at Milliken ready to fly free

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Baby Quillan after she was rescued by PAWS. (Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary) Baby Quillan after she was rescued by PAWS. (Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A baby great horned owl rescued in Spartanburg will be released back into the wild Thursday afternoon.

The baby owl, Quillan, was found five months ago by Captain Robert Dunn of Security Forces, Inc., on the Milliken corporate campus. The chick was waddling along the side of the road when Dunn spotted her, thinking she was a plastic bag.

"I stopped to pick it up and realized the "bag" had eyes and huge feet," said Dunn.

Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. in Laurens County picked up the baby to take care of her until she was ready to fly free.

That day has come for Quillan, who is no longer a small baby but is fully-grown with a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet.

"She is huge, and so ready for her freedom. We are excited about releasing her in Milliken's corporate arboretum where she should be able to reestablish herself nicely," said Mercedes Curry, founder of PAWS.

SLIDESHOW: Owl ready for release back into wild

Quillan will take flight at 3 p.m. Thursday near the Roger Milliken Memorial Grove and Arboretum located at 910 Milliken Rd. The public is welcome to attend to watch her release. She can take off quickly, so people are encouraged to get there early and have their cameras ready.

Quillan will be a new addition to local wildlife roaming at Milliken, whose corporate campus is nestled on one of the largest corporate arboretums in the southeast. The space is also home to the occasional deer, red fox, raccoons, fish, ducks, geese and a resident red-tailed hawk.

PAWS is an all-volunteer state and federally licensed nonprofit organization focusing on wildlife education, rescue and rehabilitation.

It has a number of permanent animals that are licensed and used in educational programs for schools, churches and adult educational groups such as Rotary and Kiwanis, as well as many other settings.

Those attending Thursday's release should park along the I-585 Milliken Road/Frontage Road near the duck ponds and "Red Flume" spillway fountain. There will be directional signs beginning at the curb along frontage road near the Red Flume.

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