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Soots you sir! Help for owl stuck in chimney

Secret World Animal Rescue based at East Huntspill in Somerset have taken in a barn owl that was rescued from a chimney.

It is clearly in good hands but we hope this doesn't happen very often.

Tawny owl rescued from chimney near Bath

Homeowner Ron Humphreys with the rescued tawny owl Credit: SWNS

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.

Firefighters prepare to extract the owl from the chimney Credit: SWNS

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 badger cub that survived against the odds

Aspen was found on a road in Devon, cuddled up to his dead mother and siblings Credit: Secret World

Aspen is one of seven orphaned badger cubs being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre at Highbridge in Somerset.

He is about eight weeks old and was brought in yesterday after being spotted lying beside his dead mother and siblings on a road in Devon.

Another cub was brought in last night - she was found on her own in the road in Cheddar. You can watch the young badgers playing on the charity's webcam.

They generate an awful lot of washing and the Centre is struggling to keep up. You can find out more about its work here.


Swimmers brave the water on New Year's Day

Swimmers braved the water to raise money for the charity Secret World Credit: ITV West

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.

Dozens turned out dressed as furry animals Credit: ITV West