WATCH: 6 Great Owl Releases, And 1 Really Scary One!

Founder of Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK, and host of Animal Planet’s Wildlife SOS Simon Cowell (not to be confused with music and television producer Simon Phillip Cowell, or fellow British wildlife rescuer Les Stocker) says that releasing tawny owls into the wild is his favorite part of the job.

However, on this particular release, things don’t go as smoothly as Simon and his crew would have thought, as one owl seems to mistake a nearby lake as solid ground.

Watch the video to see the reverse rescue-and-release!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.