A Moses Lake man helped free what's believed to be a Snowl Owl in a rural area southeast of Moses Lake, near the eastern shore of the Potholes Reservoir Thursday.
Brian Fenske, a crop consultant for Crop Production Services was attending to a fertilizer tank, when he spotted the owl trapped in a small space between the fertilizer tank and the containment tank. Fenske suspects "maybe he jumped down in there," adding, "had I not heard his desperate wings flapping, the bird would have surely died."
Fenske, who says he saw three or four other owls in the same area Thursday, at first put on gloves and was going to free the owl with his hands. But he thought better of it and managed to lift the owl out with a shovel, after taking the attached picture with his iPhone.
"The entire time I was trying to rescue him, he stared at me with those huge, mysterious eyes," said Fenske. "When he was free, he stole one last glance at me and flew away. It was amazing!"