Roeland Park police rescue wayward owl from soccer net at R Park

Roeland Park police and animal rescue officers cut the soccer net that entrapped an owl Wednesday morning at R Park. Photo provided.
Roeland Park police and animal rescue officers cut the soccer net that entrapped an owl Wednesday morning at R Park. Photo provided.

It must fall under the heading of “you never know what the day will bring” if you work in law enforcement. But, just count it as another life saved in the line of duty.

Roeland Park police were called to the city’s R Park this morning to rescue an owl that had become entangled in the net at the soccer goal. Roeland Park Police Sgt. Randy Costlow along with Northeast Animal Control officer Wayne Brinkley cut the net loose and secured the owl during the rescue operation.

The wayward owl was reported by Roeland Park resident Russ McCorkle who was walking his dog and apparently made an unsuccessful attempt to get him free.

The owl immediately flew away after the net was cut. “That’s a great start to the day,” Sgt. Costlow reported. Officer Brinkley is heard saying “You’re welcome,” as the owl flies away.

There was no indication of how this owl got caught, what position he was playing or why his teammates did not get him out of the net.

The rescue is captured in this video: