Abandoned owl in recovery at Secret World

PUBLISHED: 21:00 01 May 2018

Ashleigh the tawny owl.

Ashleigh the tawny owl.

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An abandoned and injured baby owl is recovering with the help of an East Huntspill charity.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue has been looking after the tawny owl, named Ashleigh, after it was found in Bristol.

Release co-ordinator Jamie Kingscott said: “Once in our hospital room, we discovered Ashleigh had a broken talon which was bleeding.

“This explains why it was unable to climb back up the tree.

“There had been no sign of mum or dad at the site, so I’m looking after Ashleigh at our centre.

“I am currently support-feeding Ashleigh, but I expect the tawny owl will soon be feeding by itself.

“The next step is to wait until Ashleigh has grown more feathers and is able to fly, then we will move it away from human contact to our pre-release aviaries.”

It is hoped Ashleigh will be released in September.

Secret World rescued 145 owls and birds of prey in 2017.

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