Dan Alpiner is a helicopter pilot who’s been helping battle the massive Creek Fire burning in the central California wilderness.
The other day, while dropping bucketload after bucketload of water on the blaze, Alpiner got a stunning reminder of whose habitat he and other fire crews have been working so hard to save.
Alpiner was hovering about 200 feet above the ground in his helicopter, readying to unleash a bucket of water on the fire, when he noticed a quick movement from an open side window.
“I saw this flutter out of the corner of my eye,” Alpiner told The Dodo. “I looked over, a little spooked, and we locked eyes.”
Amazingly, a wild owl had suddenly entered the aircraft, coming to rest on the seat next to Alpiner.
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