A barred owl is expected to recover after it was struck by a vehicle on Thompson Road in McHenry County Saturday morning and was rescued. | Photo: Flint Creek Wildlife

An owl was rescued after a person driving by spotted it standing in the roadway injured after it was hit by a car near Wonder Lake Saturday morning.

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation said that a woman was driving to work early Saturday when she passed by something in the roadway.

The woman initially thought the object was a clump of leaves in the middle of a lane of traffic on a busy road.

She then saw movement and started to think it was possibly a hawk or an owl.

The woman called her boyfriend, who went out to the area on Thompson Road near Wonder Lake to check.

The man arrived a short time later to find an owl standing in the middle of the lane of traffic as cars were driving around it.

Flint Creek Wildlife told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that it was determined the barred owl had been struck by a vehicle before the first woman spotted him.

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“He is very lucky not to have been hit again before the rescuer arrived,” the organization said.

The owl has head trauma but no fractures. “We believe that he will make a full recovery thanks to Jessica and Joe!” the organization said.

Flint Creek Wildlife is a licensed non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center based in Barrington that cares for injured and orphaned wildlife.

The organization thanked drivers who were careful by driving around the owl while it was in the roadway.