By John Smith • 28 August 2017 • 15:59
The owl in friendly hands
OFFICERS of the Alhaurin de la Torre Civil Protection organisation were alerted to a small owl which was in distress in Huerta Alta.
The bird appeared to be trapped in a drain in the Parque Juan Pablo II and was unable to fly, although as was recognised to be a Little Owl which nests in the ground, it was thought that it may have become lost and confused whilst searching for its home.
Coming to the conclusion that this was a young and frightened bird, volunteers gently retrieved it and took it to the Centro de Recuperacion de Especies Amenazadas (CREA) in Malaga to allow it to recover from its ordeal.
The owl is said to be healthy and in good condition and will be released back into the wild in due course.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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