04/03/2014 11:55 am ET

Injured D.C. Snow Owl Is Given A 'New' Wing (VIDEO)

If you're small, feathered and looking for someone to take you under their wing, the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota is just the place.

Specializing in the rehabilitation of raptors, the center recently took in a snowy owl from Washington, D.C. that was hit by a bus. Using an operation called imping, the center repaired the bird's wing by inserting bamboo into the hollow shafts of the feathers.

This procedure will give the bird all the natural function it needs to survive. To check out National Geographic's coverage of the procedure, watch the video above.


Snowy Owls