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Recovering owl finds a mate after cruelty trauma
AN OWL which was badly injured through being tied to a tree by cruel youths at a park near Selby, is recovering well and has found a love interest.
As well as returning to health, the Little Owl, nicknamed Rocky, has now found a mate, and is flying again, only a week after he was found tied to a tree at a playground in Sherburn-in-Elmet last Friday.
Annette Pyrah, from Selby Wildlife Rescue, took Rocky in after he was found in Eversley Park. Blue twine was bound so tightly around his wing, it cut into his flesh, and Annette said she did not think he would survive the ordeal.
She said: “I didn’t think he was going to last the night last Friday, but I took him to Minster Vets in York and they were amazed with his progress and that he had no infection. It’s miraculous what’s happened to him.
“I had a call from another vet to collect a Little Owl so now Rocky has a girlfriend, Billie. He’s had a real turn of fortunes, he’s flying again. He’s frightened to death of humans now, and just wants to be out of the way with his mate and wants to return to the wild, which is what we want.”
Now, Annette wants Billie and Rocky to be released into the wild, and is appealing to anyone who may know a safe place for them to contact her.
She said: “Billy was found starving on the ground in Howden so we collected her and she’s fine now. I’m hoping they are a breeding pair and can have chicks. I want to appeal to farmers for safe areas to release them into, somewhere away from Sherburn-in-Elmet. They will help with mice problems. He can’t go back to the area he was found in.”
A reward has been offered by Annette and other Facebook members to help find the youths suspected of tying Rocky to the tree, and police are currently investigating the cruelty.
Anyone with information should phone North Yorkshire Police on 101, or to suggest a release point for the pair, contact Annette on 07803 180720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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