Baby barn owl reunited with family

Although we admit a large number of orphaned animals every year, we will always try to return young animals to their parents where we can.

This fledgling barn owl arrived at our reception after being found not moving at the base of a tree. The people who brought it to us wanted to make sure it had not been injured.

Although it was slightly dehydrated, it had no major injuries and easily passed a flight test. We think that this owl would have been ‘branching’ – the time where fledgling birds leave the nest but cannot yet fly. After giving the bird fluids and food it was moved into an incubator for release later that day…