SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Escaped pet owl back with owners

Cumbernauld News- Scottish Headlines
A pet barn owl which disappeared more than two weeks ago has been reunited with its owners by an animal welfare charity.
Barney flew off from his home in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on September 23 as he was being taken out of his cage.
He was taken in by the Scottish SPCA after members of the public spotted him in Netherton Road, Wishaw, on September 27.
The couple who found Barney said he approached them and jumped onto the woman's hand.
The Scottish SPCA put out a plea to find out who the owl belonged to, and owner Angela Stevenson came forward and collected Barney from the charity's Wildlife Rescue Centre near Dunfermline on Sunday.

She said: "We honestly thought we'd never see Barney again and couldn't believe it when my son's friend called to say he'd seen him in the local newspaper.
"We were taking him out of his cage when his lead slipped off and he just flew away. After looking everywhere for him with no luck we were all devastated and thought that Barney was gone forever.
"He was found very close to our house so he obviously hadn't gotten very far after flying off. This is the second time this has happened, so he's a bit of an escape artist and we'll definitely be keeping a close eye on him from now on."
Three-year-old Barney was wearing an identity ring.

Rescue centre manager Colin Seddon said: "We were beginning to think no one would come forward for Barney, so we're really pleased we were able to reunite him with his owners. 
He's a very friendly bird and we're glad this story has a happy ending."