The meteorologist and the owlet: compassion in action

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The sun is shining on Channel 6 meteorologist Cecily Tynan for rescuing a baby owl during a recent jaunt outside.

Tynan was out joggingnear the Schuylkill River bankswhen she encountered a fallen baby owl on May 16.

According to PETA, the owl appeared to be dehydrated and Tynan rushed it to the Wildlife Clinic at the Schuylkill Center on Port Royal Avenue in Philadelphia.

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She is being honored with a Compassionate Action Award from PETA.

“Thanks to Cecily Tynan’s quick thinking, this owlet got the care he desperately needed and will be able to grow up and thrive in the wild,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.

“PETA hopes her kindness will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in distress.”

The owl, named Ridley, was very dehydrated, but was quickly rejuvenated with intravenous fluids and other forms of care from the Schuylkill Center officials. He is recovering and expected to be released back into the wild in August.

“Ridley, the nestling screech owl who captured our hearts … is now rehabbing with two other owlet friends,” Tynan wrote on Facebook.

“He’s getting better every day & has his own hashtag:‪#‎RidleytheowlHe’s squinting his eyes to camouflage (hide those big eyes & the owls blend in better with surroundings!).”

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PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – offers tips for helping wildlife on its website, including a guide for saving baby birds. The guide explains how to identify whether a bird is a featherless nestling, and in need of return to his or her nest, or a healthy fledgling, which is safely exploring his or her environment.

Tynanalsoreceived a framed certificate and a box of vegan cookies.

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