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Snowy owl that survived Washington, DC bus hit dies in Minnesota

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The snowy owl that underwent surgery and rehab at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center after being struck by a bus in Washington, D.C. has died. The owl was returned to the wild in April, but was recently found dead on the side of a Minnesota highway.

The owl drew crowds of spectators in D.C. last January when it was spotted on a ledge outside of the Washington Post building. But a few days later, the owl was hit by a city bus and rushed to the National Zoo for treatment.

Once the owl was well enough to travel, the bird was taken to Minnesota for a feather transplant. Veterinarians at the Raptor Center used a process called "imping," which involves using bamboo to connect 18 replacement feathers to damaged shafts on the owl's wings and tail.

The snowy owl found dead in Minnesota was identified by a band placed on its leg.

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