After being rescued from the side of a Kauai road, an endangered pueo, or Hawaiian Short-Eared Owl, was released back in to the wild Friday.
The bird was found struggling on the side of a highway in late March by Dr. Andre Raine of the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project.
When the female bird was rescued, she had head and eye injuries, and a fractured radius in her left wing according to Tracy Anderson of Save our Shearwaters (SOS).
Anderson suspects the bird was hit by a car.
For a month, the owl was taken in to a rehabilitation center where she was nursed back to health.
She made a full recovery, the DLNR says, and the bird was released back in to the wild in Kalaheo.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources says all owls throughout Hawaii are considered endangered.
The DLNR's Forestry and Wildlife division on Oahu is developing a study to better survey the birds across the the Island.
Pueos are also recognized in the Hawaiian culture as 'Aumakua's, or ancestor spirits.
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