Two friends enjoying a quiet day in the garden were surprised when he turned into an owl rescue.
Jayne Reeve was at her friend’s house in Stibbard on October 13 when they discovered a baby barn owl watching them from the bushes. The couple were able to save the bird and take it to a rescue center to ensure its safety.
Ms Reeve said seeing the animal for the first time took them by surprise.
“Paula was gardening as I showed up to see her, she called me over to the shrubs in the garden and there was sitting that baby barn owl so Paula grabbed a towel for me so I could pick it up.” she declared.
“It made my friend jump because all she could see was the eyes, I was surprised to see it.
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âHe shouldn’t have left the nest, it was too small. We got online to ask for help as there was no way to put it back. Then I remembered that I had a flyer about the Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue Center at home.
“We put the owl in a box, took the flyer and took it to the center.”
Fortunately, the bird didn’t look hurt when she took it to the Ovington-based center near Watton.
Ms Reeves said she was delighted to have helped the animal: âWe are both very happy to help save the animal. I gave my friend a flyer, so if she ever falls out of the nest, she’ll know who to call for help. “
The rescue was even more vital, as Tara Page, one of the Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue volunteers, said the nature of barn owls is different.
âWith barn owls, parents say that if a baby left the nest, it took off,â she said.
The 33-year-old added that if you find a baby barn owl on the ground, call him or someone similar.
âIt’s so important if you find a baby barn owl on the ground that you call someone like us so we can provide it with the care it needs,â she said.
âWith any other species, we say to observe it, before acting. But remember, we’re always a phone call away for advice.