The search is on for the owner of a spotted eagle owl, found in Gilfach Goch.

The RSPCA were contacted when the non-native bird was found at Hendreforgan on Saturday (7 September) at around 8am.

Spotted eagle owl - Gilfach Goch Sept19 pic1RSPCA inspector Simon Evans was called to find the owl – which has been identified as a spotted eagle owl (grey morph) native to southern Africa – flying freely between gardens.

“He was very much lost and wasn’t quite sure where to go,” said Simon. “It must have come as a bit of a surprise for the homeowners to see such an unusual species of owl in their gardens,” he said.

“Luckily the owl settled and I was able to get close enough to catch him using a net.

“The owl wasn’t injured but must have an owner who is missing him. He is quite a feisty and active bird and we really hope to find out where he belongs as soon as possible. There was no microchip but the owl has a ring on his leg for the Independent Bird Register (IBR).

“We’ve made enquiries but the bird has not been registered as lost so we’re having to appeal to the public to help us return the bird home. The IBR are also making enquiries.”

If you have any information about this owl please call us on our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Those claiming ownership will be required to provide proof.

Simon added: “This incident is a crucial reminder as to how important it is to ensure animals are properly identified, and registered correctly. This is the best way to ensure they can be reunited with owners in situations such as this.”

Should the owl not be reunited with an owner, he will be rehomed to a suitable home with an experienced keeper.

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