With tens of thousands of humans displaced by Superstorm Sandy, here's a nod to one wild animal made temporarily homeless by the high winds.
I saw a picture on twitter of an owl rescued from a tree in Bloomfield, NJ. The tree had reportedly been badly damaged by the storm but hadn't fallen yet. Here is what happened when utility crews responded, according to the person who took the pictures.
Tree trimming could not begin until PSEG cut power to the high tension wires. To do this, they needed to shut off the entire area of power for about 2-3 hours, which also killed power to the Parkway North Sunoco station, which was sporting about a mile long gas line at the time.
When power was finally cut . . . the cutter in the bucket moved towards the first branch when he noticed the owl. . . . The cutter went to work and delicately cut above the owl, then below and finally lowered the piece gently to the street so the owl could be rescued. After 5 minutes of photos, the cutter released the owl and he flew away.
It's not clear what kind of owl this was, but my cursory googling tells me it was an Eastern Screech-Owl, the rufous (or reddish) variety. Not an endangered species, if anyone was worrying about that. Presumably the owl has found another tree in which to perch. If only it were that easy for all the others still seeking permanent shelter.