Lifestyle

Baby owls rescued after their home was destroyed

Baby Barn Owls that had the tree they were living chopped down.
Baby Barn Owls that had the tree they were living chopped down. Zak Simmonds

THREE baby barn owls that became homeless after the tree they were living in was chopped down have been given a second chance.

The owlets are now being cared for by Deb Carter from NQ Birds of Prey after they were brought to her from Atherton.

The owlets are slightly underweight and one of them has a beak injury but they are otherwise healthy.

Ms Carter said the owls would stay with her for a couple of months before they were released back into the wild.

"They will have to grow feathers and I'll teach them to hunt," she said.

"I won't actually interact with them that much so they can grow up together as wild birds.

"I like to think of this as their second chance because if they were still at the bottom of that tree they would be dead."

Barn owls are common in North Queensland but their numbers are declining due to poison being ingested by their main source of food, mice.

Naming rights for the owlets will be given to some of the charity's most generous donors.

Birds of Prey are facing the busy raptor breeding season which runs from August to February and are in desperate need of donations.

To donate visit fight4flight.org.

Topics:  animal carer baby animals owl tree clearing

News Corp Australia

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Two for the price of one

TWO FOR ONE: Sgt Brett Smith and wife Lisa are the new faces in Nanango Emergency Services.

Sgt Brett Smith and his wife Lisa are in town to help

Police blitz the North Burnett

The operation included drug raids and random roadside testing.

QUEENSLAND Police are running a north Burnett wide operation.

Dad delivers new son

IN A HURRY: The Beddows family, Kate, Darren and Anna with new son and brother, Woody, who made a quick entrance into the world.

Baby Woody makes a grand entrance.

Local Partners