Wednesday, 23. July 2014
01. 05. 14. - 16:00
There were 'owls' of delight from animal lovers in China this week when these snaps of a young owl being saved were published.
Owls are a protected species in China and, while most living things are regarded as fair game for the cooking pot, the punishment for killing or harming one is prison.
This story, however, has a happy ending. Earlier this week the baby owl injured itself when it fell 30 feet from its nest in a wall in the city of Xi’an in west China’s Shaanxi province.
It was miraculously caught just before it hit the ground by pedestrian Yue Lin, 38, but it was stunned and unable to fly.
Yue Lin said: "It was such a friendly ball of fur and feathers and looked dazed and distressed, as if it couldn't believe what had happened to it. I took it to a local security guard office where I asked the guys on duty if there was anything they could do to help get the little mite back in his nest."
A security guard was fastened by a rope and his five colleagues slowly lowered him down the ancient wall to the nest where the bird had fallen from.
Security guard Bo Teng said: "There were three baby owls in the nest. It looked as if it must have been playing with its siblings when the action got a little rough and he toppled over the side.
"I tucked him in there as best I could and the other little birds seemed to sense he was out of sorts and cuddled up around him. I hope his mum flies back soon to give him some tender loving care."
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