All that this owl in distress needed was a golf course superintendent.
Eleven-year GCSAA Class A member Craig Loving at Lost Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas, proved that save situations aren't only for Major League Baseball relief pitchers. A few days ago, Loving helped release an owl that was resting on a stump in the water, tangled in fishing line. As of this afternoon, a video of the release shot by a club employee had been viewed more than 400,000 times (you can watch it here, or check it out on the club's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GCMMagazine/posts/1367844623282704)
"It's amazing it sparked as much popularity as it has," Loving tells GCM.
Loving had spotted the owl twice early in the morning. When it remained later, Loving got the call. "I was recruited," he says.
Loving waded into the water, which covered him just above his waist, and he brought a needle-nosed plier to set the owl free. "I could tell it was pretty tired. I tried to stand as far away as possible," Loving says. "I thought it might jump at me."
"It flew about 20 feet, then set up against the bank. I think it was sapped of energy," Loving says. "It flew off later. Hopefully, it's all better."
Asked if he ever had encountered a situation such as this before, Loving quickly replied no.
"I think I speak for a lot of us superintendents that we sometimes fly by the seat of our pants, take things as they come, act as problem solvers. This problem definitely was a unique one," Loving says.