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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Keeper helps Indian owls from 6,000 miles away

AN owl keeper has helped save two endangered owls – despite them being 6,000 miles away.

Wulf Ingham, head keeper at the World Owl Trust in Muncaster, was emailed by Mahadevanand Saraswathi, a Hindu monk from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in India.

Mr Saraswathi rescued two owls from a cage and took them home where he let them live in his shower room.

He then contacted Mr Ingham in a bid to find out how to care for his feathered friends and what he would need to do before re-releasing them into the wild.

Mr Ingham quickly identified the potential species and recommended a feeding programme to help nurture them before their return to the wild.

Mr Saraswathi said: “It’s so hard in India for living things to survive, so it’s nice to see mother nature win once in a while.

“I love owls and it’s wonderful to just hang out on the steps next to the Ganges and watch them in the evening.

“I managed to find the World Owl Trust website via the internet and they quickly came to my aid.

“I can’t thank them enough for their help in getting the owls back to where they belong.”

The owls are native to the forests of central India and are critically endangered due to increasing deforestation.

They are dark grey-brown in colour with heavily banded white wings and tail, a broad white tail-tip and a white chest.

Mr Ingham said: “We were so pleased Mahadevanand contacted us. He had done a fantastic job rescuing and looking after the owls; it was a pleasure to be able to help.

“These birds are critically endangered so ensuring they are released back into their natural habitat is vital for the continuation of the species.”

After they regained their health Mr Saraswathi released them from their shower room home and they returned back to the wild.

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