It is believed that, under the dense fog, the poor little owl mistakenly thought that the water was land.
"Came out to the main face of the lake," said Brendan Mazur, who was boating in Lake Lanier. "And what came out to me was a little owl face."
Mazur said he knew the owl was in trouble when he said that it desperately was trying to get to the boat. When the boater offered a helping hand to the tired, stranded owl, the Great Horned Owl accepted in a heartwarming way.
Mazur then deployed the swim ladder, and the owl jumped right up. However, he started swimming toward land the moment he saw the fog clear, a move that got the most of him, because he quickly got exhausted. Mazur had to save the owl again and wrap it up in a blanket to let it sleep.
After resting for a few hours, the owl finally had enough energy to fly off. He offered a little parting gift by almost pooping on Mazur's face.
"I kind of blocked it with a towel," Mazur recalled.