The search is on for the owner of an eagle-owl found in the north of Cardiff.
A West Rise resident, in the Llanishen area of the city, was shocked to find the bird in their back garden – sat on a garden bench – at approximately 8am this morning (11 January).
The eagle owl has jesses on, indicating the bird is owned, and RSPCA Cymru is appealing to the local community to come forward with information as to who may own the eagle-owl.
An RSPCA officer is at the scene, seeking to securely rescue the bird. The charity would never recommend the public seeks to handle a bird of prey, like an eagle-owl, so if the animal is spotted elsewhere in the vicinity, people are urged to contact the RSPCA.
RSPCA animal collection officer Gary Lucas said: “It must have come as a huge surprise to this household to find an eagle-owl sat on a bench in their garden!
“The bird has jesses on, and we’re eager to trace the owner and return this beautiful creature home.
“We’re in the process of seeking to securely and safely rescue the bird – and if anyone spots this eagle-owl in the area, we’d urge them to not seek to handle the bird, but to notify us of the location.
“Anyone who may be able to assist in tracing the owner of this bird should contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
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