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Julia Ponder, executive director of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, releases the snowy owl “D.C. Snowy” off Winter Street in Superior, Wis., on Saturday morning, April 19, 2014. The owl was reportedly hit by a bus in Washington, D.C. and then rehabilitated at the Raptor Center. They normally release raptors much closer to the place they were found, but the owl was too restless for a plane ride back to Washington. Bob King /

Famous snowy owl set free after rehab in Minnesota

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SUPERIOR, Wis. -- With a flurry of powerful wings and not even a glance back, what may be the most famous owl in America flew over a nondescript copse of trees in Superior and out of sight.


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