Tuesday 26 September 2017

Splish splash, oily owl takes bath

A tawny owl gets a good scrub at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre (RSPCA/Community Newswire)
A tawny owl gets a good scrub at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre (RSPCA/Community Newswire)

A tawny owl that was found covered in engine oil after she ended up in an old feed trough has been given a much-needed bath.

The wild bird was admitted to RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk where staff gave her a wash and brush up following the oily mishap.

Staff used washing-up liquid and warm water to help remove the sticky oil from the feathers of the young owl.

Sue Levings, wildlife administrator at RSPCA East Winch, said: "This poor owl had really been through the wars. She was covered in thick engine oil from head to toe when she came in.

"Luckily apart from the thick coating on her feathers she seems quite well. She is eating and is bright so we are hoping that after a second wash she will be on the road to recovery.

"She is looking much better and seems much happier now that she is cleaner.

"We are hoping she will make a full recovery so we can release her back into the wild in the coming weeks."

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