Owl released after dramatic rescue


Owl rescued in ‘close call’

A tawny owl that became trapped inside a tree after it was blown over in Storm Eunice was rescued in what local authorities has labelled a “close call”.

Arborist Phil Smith was part of a team sent by North East Lincolnshire Council to clear debris in Abbey Road, Grimsby.

He spotted the owl just moments before workers took chainsaws to the downed conifer.

According to Mr. Smith, the bird was motionless and appeared to have a broken wing when it was discovered.

He said: “It was shocked and looked pretty distressed. We took it out and wrapped it in a towel when we noticed it appeared to have injured its wing.”

Fearing the worst, Phil decided to take the owl home and care for it.

Taking advice from Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue, Phil left the bird in the care of his wife as he went back to work.

Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue released a statement saying: “We’re happy to let you all know that the Tawny owl brought to us by NELC after coming down with a tree in Grimsby has been released back to the area now the weather has improved. “.

“This Tawny was very healthy in terms of weight and overall condition so releasing it back to the area it knows and is successful in was the best option.”

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