RSPCA save owl in danger from howling gale

Rescued owlet Credit: RSPCA

A young Little Owl found cold and wet on a street has been rescued by the RSPCA.

The Little Owl owlet was found on Rawcliffe Lane in Rawcliffe near Goole by a former RSPCA Inspector who called the animal charity for help.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Leanne Honess-Heather said: “It was pouring with rain and blowing a gale when Sarah found the Little Owlet alone in the middle of a busy road.

"The poor thing was completely drenched and very cold. We don’t know how he got there, but he was most likely blown off course during the stormy weather."

He was given a check up at the Ryedale Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Norton Malton, and gave him fluids.

Newly fledged and with some of his feathers still pinned, he is staying at the centre for a few days care until he can fly properly and be released back into the wild.

During the annual baby bird boom at this time of year, the RSPCA’s wildlife centres care for over a thousand 'orphaned' fledglings each year, picked up by well-meaning people.

But many of these birds are not orphans and would have been better off if they were left in the wild, so the charity wants to stress it is important to ensure it is only those that really need help that are brought in.