By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Owl Recognizes The Man Who Saved Her And Gives Him INSTANT Cuddles.

Wild at Heart rescue is a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center in Mississippi. The small team works with general public and law enforcement officials to help rehabilitate and release injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife in their local area. Their latest story? Gigi, the Great Horned Owl, who repaid one of her rescuers with hugs.

GiGi arrived at the facilities toward the end of May. She survived a hit by car incident, but suffered significant head trauma. In addition to her massive concussion, her body was filled with parasites and aspergillosis, an acute or chronic respiratory condition caused by fungus (the birds that contract it are usually under stress).

Just how critical was GiGi's state? She'd lost one pound, a shocking rate for the great horned owl, a species that averages between 2-5 pounds.

Led by Missy Dubuisson, founder and director of Wild at Heart, and Douglas Pojeky, president and resident "birds of prey whisperer," the rescue is helping GiGi get back to her original state.

During her stay, Pojeky had left on a family trip during, but once he returned, the great horned owl extended her wings to give him a hug.

After she recovers, Gigi will be released back into the wild.

Scroll below for photos of their amazing journey.

This great horned owl is GiGi, and these people are staff and volunteers of the Wild at Heart Rescue wildlife rehabilitation center in Mississippi.

Douglas, or Doug, Pojeky was part of the team that helped GiGi on her road to recovery.

Pojeky left on a trip to visit family, but when he came back, the grateful owl showed him some affection.

Founder Missy Dubuisson told the Dodo that she's never seen anyone who could bond with these birds like Doug. These photos reveal his special connection with them.

To catch a glimpse of the work that they do at Wild at Heart, watch the video below:

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Sources: The Dodo, Wild at Heart Rescue