Feeding frenzy at animal centre

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 May 2011

(click on image for larger view) Secret World Wild Animal Rescue Centre, East Huntspill. Spring feeding frenzy at centre, as they have hundreds of young birds to feed. Tawney Owlets.

(click on image for larger view) Secret World Wild Animal Rescue Centre, East Huntspill. Spring feeding frenzy at centre, as they have hundreds of young birds to feed. Tawney Owlets.

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STAFF at Secret World animal rescue centre in East Huntspill have even more mouths to feed than normal

The centre has received around 200 baby tawny owlets, blackbirds, starlings, robins, dunnocks and other baby birds who had fallen out of their nests or become separated from their parents.

The hungry youngsters are being fed by tweezers or on the end of a paintbrush every one or two hours from 8am until 10pm until they are fully fledged and able to fly away.

With the centre also caring for 14 fox cubs, 11 badger cubs, 10 young squirrels and a baby fawn, animal care manager Sara Cowen said: “We are a bit short of volunteers at the moment so anyone who would like to come and lend a hand with the bird feeding would be more than welcome.

The centre is also preparing for its May bank holiday open weekend when people will be able to visit on May 28-29 and 30 between 10am-4pm. Admission is free.

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