Norfolk animal hospital caring for more than 30 baby owls
- Credit: Ian Burt
A wildlife hospital is caring for more than 30 orphaned owlets.
RSPCA's East Winch wildlife centre near King's Lynn in Norfolk. They're part of the 643 wild mammals and birds that are being looked after at the RSPCA's East Winch wildlife centre near King's Lynn.
Manager Alison Charles said: 'We're looking after thirty-two young owls at the moment.
'The youngsters have been admitted for a variety of reasons including being caught in netting, being emaciated and riddled with flies and maggots. We need to help them recover from their injuries or weakness and then build them up in preparation for return to the wild.
'On arrival we feed the owlets tiny pieces of chopped chick and leave some pieces in their cage to encourage them to eat on their own. These owlets may look cute, but it's important to remember they're wild birds of prey.
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'Once they're able to feed themselves, we keep reducing our contact with them so they don't imprint on humans. That's the best way to make sure they'll cope when they return to the wild.'
As well as the young owls, East Winch wildlife centre is currently looking after more than 170 ducklings, 41 gulls, 56 hedgehogs 35 swans and over 200 fledgling birds.
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If you see an animal you have concerns about after observing it for some time call the RSPCA's emergency line on 0300 1234 999.
RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre will also be hosting an Open Day on Sunday, July 23, from 10am until 4pm.