Owl Missed The Man Who Saved Her So Much She Couldn’t Stop Hugging Him

We have ‘horse whisperers’ and ‘dog whisperers’ – and now, we see what may be the first evidence of a ‘birds of prey whisperer!” Douglas “Doug” Pojeky (aka “birds of prey whisperer) is president of Wild at Heart Rescue, located in Mississippi. Their mission is to rehabilitate or aid any sick, orphaned, or injured wild animal and release them back into the wild.

As the nickname implies, that Doug has the ability to ‘communicate’ with birds of prey. When Wild at Heart Rescue found GiGi, a great horned owl, she had aspergillosis (a respiratory disease similar to pneumonia), a severe concussion, and parasites.

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Image Credit: Wild at Heart Rescue

It is believed GiGi was hit by a car. Missy Dubuisson, founder and director of Wild at Heart said GiGi was one of the most critically injured patients the rescue has ever seen.

GiGi was in such bad shape that during the initial part of her recovery, she actually lost one pound – which is a significant loss because great horned owls usually weigh 2-5 pounds.

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Image Credit: Wild at Heart Rescue
Missy said Doug just has a way of being able to form a bond with the birds. We see Doug work his magic in the video feeding GiGi by hand. Doug went on a trip during GiGi’s recovery, when he returned to the GiGi immediately walked up his arm and gave him an ‘owl hug!”

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Image Credit: Wild at Heart Rescue

She sure does seem to be showing Doug some love here! GiGi will stay at the rescue until she has fully recovered – then she will be released.

Until then, she has Doug to hang out with! He really is a bird of prey whisperer!

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Image Credit: Wild at Heart Rescue

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