Owl rescued from grille of truck

Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk carefully removes a barred owl from the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck along Great Neck Road in Waterford Tuesday, Dec. 11. Sammataro was driving northbound on Great Neck, on his way to work, when he heard a bang and stopped to see what he'd struck. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk carefully removes a barred owl from the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck along Great Neck Road in Waterford Tuesday, Dec. 11. Sammataro was driving northbound on Great Neck, on his way to work, when he heard a bang and stopped to see what he'd struck. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Waterford — Jeff Sammataro was driving Tuesday northbound on Great Neck, on his way to work, when he heard a bang and stopped to see what he'd struck. He found an owl behind the grille of his truck motionless.

By the time Waterford police officer Cindy Munoz arrived the owl had started moving. Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk broke away enough of the grille to remove the owl. The owl was taken to Waterford Country School for care.

A barred owl is visible behind the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck along Great Neck Road in Waterford Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A barred owl is visible behind the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck along Great Neck Road in Waterford Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk breaks away parts of the grill to remove a barred owl from the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk breaks away parts of the grill to remove a barred owl from the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk examines a barred owl after removing it from the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk examines a barred owl after removing it from the grill of Jeff Sammataro's truck Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Jeff Sammataro, left, and Waterford police officer Cindy Munoz take photos as Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk carefully removes a barred owl from the grill of a truck Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Jeff Sammataro, left, and Waterford police officer Cindy Munoz take photos as Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk carefully removes a barred owl from the grill of a truck Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford police officer Cindy Munoz takes a photo as Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk carefully removes a barred owl from the grill of a truck  Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford police officer Cindy Munoz takes a photo as Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk carefully removes a barred owl from the grill of a truck Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk places a barred owl in a tote for transport Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk places a barred owl in a tote for transport Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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