Bid to trace owner after European eagle owl found
An investigation has been launched after a European eagle owl was found by a member of the public.
The large bird, which was believed to have been kept as a pet, was found in the Aberdare area of South Wales on November 1.
The RSPCA said the owl had a ring on its leg but was not registered, so officers are appealing for information to identify the owner.
RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said the owl was currently being looked after in a boarding establishment.
"It was certainly an unusual find and, as one of the largest species of owl, must have taken the passer-by by surprise," she said.
"Unfortunately the ring on the owl was not registered, so we are appealing for information in the hope of tracing the owner.
"This is a crucial reminder to ensure animals are properly identified, and registered, to boost the chances of them being reunited with their owner if they become lost.
"Anyone with any information as to how the owl came to be found in the Aberdare area can contact the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018. Anyone claiming to be the owl's owner will need proof it belongs to them."