barn owls rescued after being found in a lorry load of straw
three baby barn owls are being cared for by wildlife rescuers from
the Burnham-On-Sea area after being found in a lorry among a load
recently rushed through the doors of Secret World Wildlife Rescue
in East Huntspill with four pink, helpless baby birds who needed
man had loaded up his lorry with straw bales at a farm as normal,
but then when he arrived at his delivery address he heard chirping
and was surprised to see the four little birds moving around in
brought them straight to Secret World, where animal carer Dan saw
that these were very young barn owlets and quickly checked them
in for care.
were featherless and very cold, so Dan acted straight away to warm
them up in an incubator, slowly and gently.
all Dans efforts, sadly one of the babies was too weak and
died very quickly.
three survivors went into the care of experienced owl-rearer Trudi,
a Secret World animal carer.
have cared for many wildlife orphans but never barn owls this young,"
Trudi told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "They were pink with a little
white fuzz when they arrived but they quickly began to grow downy
this age they would still be totally reliant on their parents and
would not be leaving the nest, so I have been feeding them small
pieces of meat several times a day and keeping them warm and quiet.
One of them is much smaller but they are all doing really well and
they grow and change each day."
still need me to feed them, using tweezers, but once they can feed
themselves I will have as little contact with them as possible."
when they are mature enough they will go back to Secret World and
live in an outdoor aviary where they will learn to fly and develop
natural behaviours until they are eventually released back into
the wild, which will be done gradually with support."
a long process but we have successfully reared and released barn
owl orphans before so we know how to give them the best possible
important for babies like these to avoid contact with too many people,
but visitors to Secret World may have the chance to see the centres
resident adult barn owls, Shadow and Zazoo. They were both unwanted
pets, born in captivity, so they were taken in by Secret World
but as they had been kept as pets they sadly couldnt be released."
World is open to the public every day this summer from 10am to 4pm.
Visitors might see Shadow and Zazoo along with other resident birds
of prey, foxes, deer, harvest mice and sleepy badgers.
is free but all donations will help the team to rescue more injured
and orphaned owls and other wildlife and return them to the wild
Now four weeks old the three barn owlets are doing well under Trudi's
care (photos Megan Horton)