Flyaway owl rescued in Gatehouse

The owl was rescued by the  SSPCA
The owl was rescued by the SSPCA

An escaped owl has been safely returned to its sanctuary after being rescued by the Scottish SPCA.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Wednesday after the missing adult great grey owl was spotted in the Gatehouse of Fleet.

The owl was returned to Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park on Thursday after two weeks surviving in the wild.

Animal rescue officer Tracy Cannon-Cessford said: “It seems the owl managed to escape from its damaged pen which was the result of stormy weather last month.

“Not long after it went missing a member of the public had spotted it within the grounds. At the time we managed to find the owl, but unfortunately it got away.

“On Wednesday we got a call from a man who said he thought there was a bird of prey in his garden. At first he thought it was a cat but on closer look realised it was a large owl.

“We went out to the property and found the owl perched on a fallen tree. My colleague was very lucky and managed to capture it in her net.

“As it was such a large owl, it took a few of us to help get the bird safely into a cage to be taken back to the park.

“The owl was in good condition and very healthy, although she was rather feisty so we had to be extra cautious when moving her.

“The owl seemed happy to be back in her home and we’re glad to have been able to help. I’d also like to give thanks to my colleagues Janet and Gerri for their assistance as this was very much a team effort.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999