Ellis' number one priority, however, was to reunite the owl with his real parents as soon as possible.
"Baby owls imprint on people very easily," she said. "So I went out with a rescue volunteer to the location where the bird was found."
They went there looking for a nest the owl might have fallen from, and to see if there were any grown-up owls around who might be occupying it, missing their baby. The homeowner pointed to a nest, 40 feet up in a tree above where the baby owl had been found, and reported having seen owls flying from it.