A portable inspection camera and a handy set of tools allowed officials from the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA to save the life of a screech owl trapped behind the dashboard of a San Carlos woman’s SUV Sunday.

The woman called the PHS Sunday, Sept. 17, to report an owl was stuck in her car. PHS officials heard scratching and used the portable inspection camera to snake behind the dashboard and spotted the owl. The Western screech owl, native to the Peninsula, was taken to the PHS/SPCA Wildlife Care Center in Burlingame for evaluation. Once medically cleared, the owl will be released into the wild.

Earlier this year, PHS officials used the camera to rescue three kittens from a boom lift in Redwood City.

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