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Quite the ‘Hoo-dunit’: Rare owl named after Richard Sherman stolen from bird sanctuary

A rare 14-year-old tawny owl named after Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was stolen from a Washington bird sanctuary on Friday.

The sanctuary, Raptor House, is located in the city of Selah in Yakima County, approximately 140 miles out of Seattle.

Via an AP report in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Shannon Dalan, who helps run the sanctuary with his wife, Marsha, said it was obvious the owl didn’t fly the coop on his own: Someone took off a lock to the building, removed latches and unhooked the leash holding the owl, named¬†Sherman.

The bird is glove-trained and frequently is displayed in classes, the sheriff’s office said. Sherman weighs less than a pound and has reddish-brown feathers and pink¬†eyelids.

The tawny owl is native to Europe and Asia, not North America, and Sherman could be worth $3,000 to $4,000 on the black market, Shannon Dalan said Tuesday.

“This bird is rare,” he said. “They knew what they were looking for. The person who stole it walked past other, native¬†birds.”

Primary suspects include any disgruntled Denver Broncos fans living in the area and this Twitter troll. Although it is worth noting that police haven’t been able to confirm the whereabouts of San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree at the time of the crime. Better come up with a good alibi, Crabtree.

[H/T Sports Grid]