Snowy Owl That Survived D.C. Bus Hit Dies In Minnesota

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A snowy owl sits on the awning of an office building in downtown Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22, 2014. Snowy Owls, reportedly found in the northern circumpolar region, are a rare sighting in the D.C. area. (Photo credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

A snowy owl sits on the awning of an office building in downtown Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22, 2014. Snowy Owls, reportedly found in the northern circumpolar region, are a rare sighting in the D.C. area. (Photo credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The snowy owl that captured the nation’s capital attention when it perched at The Washington Post building and survived being hit by a bus has died.

The University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center in St. Paul says on its website that the owl, which had undergone rehab there, was found dead on the shoulder of a Minnesota highway.

The owl was seen in downtown D.C. in January, drawing crowds as it perched for several hours on a ledge outside The Post’s headquarters.

A few days later, the owl was apparently hit by a bus, and was taken to the National Zoo for treatment.

The bird was sent to the Raptor Center and was returned to the wild in April.

The bird’s body was identified by a band placed on its leg.

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