It was a regular commute home for Ryly Sawyer last Monday night near Tucson, Arizona — until out of nowhere, an owl darted right in front of her car. It happened too quickly to slam on the brakes, and the owl made impact instantly.
“It was pretty late, so it was dark out and I was the only one on the road,” Sawyer told The Dodo. “I kinda freaked out.”
Getting out of the car, Sawyer found what she feared: The poor owl was lying motionless in the middle of the road. “I didn’t really know what to do, so I picked her up and sat her in my car,” she added. “I thought she had died.”
And that’s when the owl suddenly jolted back to life, grabbing right onto Sawyer’s arm with one of her talons. The other foot was firmly grasping the steering wheel.