'Santa' got stuck up a chimney he began to hoot! Owl is rescued
owl is recovering at Secret World Wildlife Centre near Burnham-On-Sea
after being rescued from a chimney.
bird got trapped at a house in Wellow near Bath and was only found
thanks to his increasingly desperate hooting.
- as he's been called - was rescued by the fire brigade unharmed,
apart from a lot of soot in his eyes.
Ron and Sheilagh heard the cries for help coming from their chimney
and when they realised they were coming from a tawny owl they
called for the help of Secret World.
Lucken, a response driver and experienced bird handler, was sent
to the scene and hot on Roger's heels was a crew of firefighters
to reach the bird.
World carer Debbie O'Keefe told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Santa
had lodged himself half way down the chimney and with the help
of a chimney sweep brush, Roger was able to carefully push the
owl back up the chimney from inside the house."
at the top of the chimney was one of the fire crew who gently
grasped the owl as it emerged."
everyone's great relief, apart from a few ruffled feathers, sore
eyes and a light dusting of soot 'Santa' - an adult tawny owl
- was unharmed."
Lucken, now also a trustee of the charity, said: "We can't
thank the team from the fire brigade enough for their prompt response.
Santa has returned with me to Secret World for some rest and a
bath, but we are hoping to return him to the wild before Christmas."
and Sheilagh Humphreys said they were delighted that Secret World
were able to come to Santa's rescue.
do such an important job. The Fire Brigade could have freed our
owl but without specialist care and treatment at Secret World
he may well not have lived to see Christmas. "
is the third tawny owl to be rescued from a chimney in the last
two weeks. Readers can help Santa return home for Christmas by
adopting an owl, or another animal via Secret World's website.