A tawny owl is recovering at a wildlife rescue centre after being rescued from a chimney with the aid of firefighters. Ron and Sheilagh Humphreys called in experts after the bird got trapped overnight at their home in Wellow near Bath.
Bird handlers used a chimney sweep brush to gently push the owl to the top of the stack, where firefighters were waiting to pull it to safety.
Ron, 67, said: "We were all elated when they finally got him out. It was such a relief because it had been stuck in there for some time. It was a magnificent bird and we're just glad it didn't have any lasting injuries."
Apart from a lot of soot in its eyes and filthy feathers, the 10-inch tall bird was unharmed. It is now being cared for by staff at Secret World near Taunton and is expected to be released back into the wild in the next few weeks.
The weather may be getting warmer, but it seems the rise in temperatures has come too late for some of our wildlife. Animal rescue experts say the extended cold spell has had a devastating impact on many creatures which have perished in the cold.
Dozens of swimmers - many of them dressed as animals - have taken to the freezing waters of the Marine Lake at Clevedon. The New Year dip is something of a tradition in the North Somerset town and this year they were raising money for local wildlife charity Secret World.
Around 30 people, some dressed as animals, went for a New Year's Day dip in marine lake at Clevedon. They were raising money for Secret World charity. Although a sunny day, the temperature of the water was blow 5 degrees.
Anti-badger cull campaigners have always claimed the cull was unnecessary and unscientific. David Woodland was with staff at Secret World Animal Sanctuary in Somerset when they heard today's announcement.