Snowy owl that survived bus hit dies in Minnesota

By the Associated Press | August 22, 2014 | 3:04 PM EDT

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, a snowy owl sits perched outside The Washington Post headquarters in Washington. The snowy owl that captured the nation's capital's attention when it perched at The Washington Post building and survived being hit by a bus has died. The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center in St. Paul says on its website that the owl, which had undergone rehab there, was found dead on the shoulder of a Minnesota highway. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Nathaniel Grann, File) WASHINGTON TIMES OUT; NEW YORK TIMES OUT;THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER AND USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

WASHINGTON (AP) — The snowy owl that captured the nation's capital attention when it perched at The Washington Post building and survived being hit by a bus has died.

The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center in St. Paul says on its website that the owl, which had undergone rehab there, was found dead on the shoulder of a Minnesota highway.

The owl was seen in downtown D.C. in January, drawing crowds as it perched for several hours on a ledge outside The Post's headquarters.

A few days later, the owl was apparently hit by a bus, and was taken to the National Zoo for treatment.

The bird was sent to the Raptor Center and was returned to the wild in April.

The bird's body was identified by a band placed on its leg.