Owl on a helicopter?

29th November 2011
The owl who flew 2,000 miles - but finally arrived by helicopter - Telegraph
Exhausted and a hundred miles from land, a migrating owl made a wise move - he landed on a North Sea gas rig.
Workers on the platform found the bird covered in oil and struggling to survive. They nursed the creature for five days before arranging for a helicopter to fly him to a wildlife sanctuary.
The short-eared owl was migrating here for the winter from Iceland, Russia or Scandinavia, meaning he may have flown as far as 2,000 miles before getting into trouble. The owl was found on the Ketch A platform - 100 miles off the coast of Norfolk, ten days ago.
Staff at The Wing and a Prayer Wild Bird and Owl Haven, near Norwich, where he is now being cared for, have named the creature Chopper, after the journey he took in the cargo hold of a helicopter, to get him to safety. He made the flight in his own wooden box marked "live owl".
Staff from the sanctuary contacted the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England, who have given permission for him to be released once he is fully recovered. Ms Emmett said: "There was some doubt as to whether we would be able to release him in the UK once he was better as he came from offshore, but the view has been taken that he was probably on his way here when he got into trouble."