Owls may be the wisest of all birds, but it’s still a little surprising they know how to swim.
This great-horned owl was caught on video swimming in Lake Michigan. Specifically, it seems to be doing the butterfly stroke as well as Michael Phelps, albeit a lot slower.
The footage was captured by Steve Spitzer, a Chicago photographer.
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This owl isn’t doing this for exercise or a gold medal, but for survival. The owl was attacked by two peregrine falcons and forced into the water. Its feathers now being too wet to allow it to fly, the owl had to swim to shore.
Spitzer called a bird rescue group to the scene, but the owl flew off before they arrived.