FRANKLIN SQUARE, Ohio (WYTV) – An owl discovered by two boys along Grafton Road in Salem Township on Sunday is being cared for at the Birds In Flight Sanctuary in Warren. WKBN news partner The Morning Journal says the barred owl, which is a protected but not endangered species, could not use its legs.

Ohio Division of Wildlife Officer Jesse Janosik estimates the bird is 10-months-old. He says they’ve gotten 10 calls on incapacitated owls this year.

Sanctuary Director Heather Merritt is treating the male owl for a virus and says if the bird continues to fight it, it should survive. There was no sign of injury such as being struck by a car.

The Sanctuary on Warwick SE in Warren treats as many as 1,200 animals from the wild for various issues each year. They have a website and Facebook page.