Rare snowy owl found in the famous New York City jail

A snowy owl was discovered in New York City’s Rikers Island.

(Wild Bird Fund)

A New York City correction officer on Sunday discovered a snowy owl in a courtyard in the famous prison of Rikers Island, The New York Times reported.

The city has just a heat wave, and it is unclear how the indigenous Arctic tundra ended up there. The Wild Bird Fund, a non-profit organization that helps migratory birds, and theory on Twitter that the bird has given chase something and then could not get out.

Snowy owls are considered to be one of the most charismatic species in the world. The birds are the heaviest owls in North America, ranging from 3 to 6 pounds. They are 2 metres high and 5-foot wingspans. The birds have a white plumage, often with black barring, and yellow eyes.

The non-profit told The Times that the bird with the name Lorax after Dr. Seuss character will get a physical exam and, hopefully, a return to nature.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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