California owl catches lift in a water dropping helicopter as its home burns in ...

Flight attendant! Owl hops on helicopter mid-flight to escape California's raging Creek Fire An owl boarded a UH-1 Huey Helicopter mid-flight in Madera County on Sunday Sky Aviation's Dan Alpiner took a picture of the bird while piloting the aircraft The bird sat with the pilot for several water drops as the area it calls home burnt below 

By Joe Davies For Mailonline

Published: 09:06 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 13:20 BST, 15 October 2020

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An owl caught a lift in a helicopter mid-flight to escape the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest, California.

The owl entered the aircraft at around 12.30pm on Sunday in Madera County.

The bird squeezed through a a small 16 inch by 16 inch window of the UH-1 Huey Helicopter piloted by Sky Aviation's Dan Alpiner.

It sat with him for several water drops as its home burnt below, before flying away to safety after about ten minutes. 

An owl caught a lift in a helicopter mid-flight to escape the Creek Fire in Madera County, California

An owl caught a lift in a helicopter mid-flight to escape the Creek Fire in Madera County, California

Firefighters took pictures of the bird after it boarded the UH-1 Huey Helicopter (pictured) piloted by Sky Aviation's Dan Alpiner

Firefighters took pictures of the bird after it boarded the UH-1 Huey Helicopter (pictured) piloted by Sky Aviation's Dan Alpiner

A photo shows the owl perched on a seat inside the helicopter, but Alpiner was only able to get one shot of the bird because 'it’s not easy to fly a mission and be a photographer at the same time'.

He told KMPH: 'It kind of spooked me for a second there and we kind of locked eyes and the thing looked around and was chill.

'And then I was like, "OK then, you are going to work with me".'

American Helicopter Flight instructor Matthew Dowdy said the the owl and the helicopter must have been traveling at the same speed for the bird to land safely in the aircraft.

The Creek Fire started on September 4 and has spread over more than 337,655 acres, making it the largest single wildfire in California's recorded history

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