Homer's Heroes--and the animals they rescue--come in all shapes and sizes. GiGi, a great horned owl, was in critical condition when she came to Mississippi's Wild at Heart rescue. She was suffering from massive head trauma whose origin was unknown, although it's suspected that Gigi was hit by a car.
"This bird was one of the most critical we have ever taken care of," Missy Dubuisson, the rescue's founder, said. "The fact that this bird has lived is beyond comprehension." After weeks of intensive care, however, Gigi is on the mend. None of it would have been possible without the intervention of Douglas "Doug" Pojeky, known as the "birds of prey whisperer."
"In all my years of working with birds of prey, I have never seen someone with such a bond with these magnificent birds," Dubuisson explained. GiGi trusted Pojeky completely. Pojeky had to return to Michigan to visit his family while Gigi was being treated--and when he returned, Gigi couldn't contain herself. Not only did she start dancing around, she wrapped both beautiful wings around Pojeky and hugged him for all she was worth. "It literally brings tears to my eyes to watch him interact with these birds," Dubuisson added. "They absolutely know him and trust him. It's the trust that you see in her face."
Gig the owl was so grateful to her rescuer that she gave him a fierce hug when he returned to her after a trip.
"This bird was one of the most critical we have ever taken care of"
Pojeky helped Gigi recover from a massive head trauma. "In all my years of working with birds of prey, I have never seen someone with such a bond with these magnificent birds," said the rescue's founder
"They absolutely know him and trust him. It's the trust that you see in her face"
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