Gigi The Great-Horned Owl Can’t Stop Hugging Her Rescuer

Gigi The Great-Horned Owl Can’t Stop Hugging Her Rescuer

GiGi was rescued by Wild at Heart Rescue after she was found with a traumatic head injury, likely from being hit by a car. Doug Pojeky, president of Wild at Heart Rescue in Vancleave, Mississippi, has a truly special way with birds of prey. That becomes very clear from the way these birds respond to him.


Wild at Heart Rescue recently shared some photos of Doug with GiGi showing just how close their bond is and reveal what “an owl hug looks like”.

Doug has an amazingly calming effect on the birds he handles. When he came to check on GiGi she “was dancing all over when she saw him,” Wild at Heart Rescue wrote on Facebook. “I think this photo shows how much he was missed.”




“There are pretty much no words to describe these two photos,” Wild at Heart wrote. “Doug was checking on his little patient, and this is what happened. She threw both wings around him and gave him an owl hug. Really Doug?!”



“Then I walk around to see what her face looks like and this is what I see. Pure contentment. They show their gratitude. Nothing these birds of prey do any more surprises me. I have learned to accept the fact that it’s just going to happen, and to have the camera ready at all times ~ These moments must be captured and frozen in time.”





Once GiGi is well enough, she will be released back into the wild. To learn more about Wild at Heart Rescue and to support their efforts, visit their Facebook page and please share this story with your friends!

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