Owl crash-lands into oil rig, gets chopper lift

2015-10-29 19:40


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Berlin - An owl was recovering in a Scottish animal welfare sanctuary on Thursday after being airlifted to safety in a helicopter when it crash-landed into an offshore oil platform.

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) said they had been contacted earlier in the week when the exhausted short-eared owl was found by workers on a platform operated by German energy giant E.ON.

The workers cared for the owl until it could be taken back to the mainland about 160km away on a helicopter shuttle for colleagues returning home.

The bird was taken from the heliport in Aberdeen to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Alloa, not far from Edinburgh where it will be nursed back to health before being released, SSPCA said.

"The owl is doing great after his lengthy flight," centre manager Colin Seddon said

"He is waiting for a vet check before going out to our aviary and providing all is well, he will be released within the next few weeks depending on weather conditions."

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