Baby owl rescued from cat attack in Bearsden

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A tawny owlet who attracted the attention of two cats after falling out of a tree in Bearsden is recovering in the Scottish SPCA’s care.

The animal welfare charity was alerted on Thursday, April 17 when a member of the public discovered the bird grounded in woodland close to Killermont View, near Canniesburn Toll.

The owl, estimated to be between five and six weeks old, is now in the care of the SSPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire.

Animal Rescue Officer Stephanie McCrossan said: “The lady who contacted us said she saw two cats trying to attack the owl but thankfully he hadn’t sustained any injuries.

“At his age he would have been starting to wander along tree branches so it’s likely he’s taken a tumble and gotten lost.

“Usually we would advise people to leave fledgling birds alone to allow their parents to find them.

“However, in this case there was no sign of a nest or mum and the owl was very vulnerable to predators so I took him to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre for expert care.”

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “This owl is too young to be away from his mother but he’s doing very well and is currently in one of our outdoor aviaries with six other owl fledglings.

“We’re optimistic he’ll develop well and be returned to the wild once all his feathers have come through and he is happy in flight.”

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