owls set to fly again with help of Burnham-On-Sea carers
survived against all the odds, a group of five majestic tawny owls
is set to take to the air again thanks to the work of several Burnham-On-Sea
World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill admitted two poorly and
vulnerable tawny owls last month after they were both found to be
unable to fly.
birds, who were admitted separately, have now been placed with three
other owls in preparation for their release.
first owl, named Tiny Tawny Tim by charity staff, arrived after
being found grounded in Sampford Arundel, Somerset.
was soon joined by another tawny owl named Tiny Tawny Tom after
it was found with torn claws in Yate, South Gloucestershire.
owls were put under the care of Marlies Hebdon, Senior Receptionist
and Trained Orphan Rearer at Secret World Wildlife Rescue.
said: "Were accustomed to rescuing and rehabilitating
owls at Secret World. Since January, weve admitted 32 tawny
owls. Each orphaned owl we rescue and rear costs us £500."
a nice feeling to know that Ive helped these birds in their
journey back to the wild. Watching animals that Ive hand-reared
regaining their strength and eventually flying free makes all the
hard work worthwhile."
case is a huge achievement for our animal care team and volunteers.
Animal care does not come cheap so these owls wouldnt have
survived without the donations from our supporters."
the two birds were able to eat for themselves, Secret World specialists
introduced them to three other tawny owls in a pre-release enclosure
to continue their recovery.
of the three birds included Otis a tawny owl which was rescued
by Secret World earlier this year after becoming matted with fly
five birds were taken to Gloucester at the end of last month and
placed into a soft release pen. When they are ready to be released,
the doors will be opened and all five birds will fly away together.
World Wildlife Rescue helps every poorly animal that comes through
its doors with the aim of releasing it back into the wild. In the
event of an animal emergency, call Secret World on 01278 783256.