Baby owls in need of food

Two
baby barn owls rescued by a member of the public who turned them over to the
Cayman Wildlife Rescue on 23 June are in need of a little help.

The
owls were kept for two days by the person who rescued them before they were
delivered to the CWR team, which has made it near impossible to reunite them
with their parents.

As
a result, the barn owlets have now been set up in a “hacking box” that will
serve as their new home for the next two to three months and are being fed by
Cayman Wildlife volunteers nightly.

However,
because the birds eat frozen mice that have to be shipped in by air cargo,
which is very expensive, it is estimated that their care will end up costing around
$600. The Cayman Wildlife Rescue team said assistance is urgently needed in
this regard.

“They
are doing very well and should take their first flight early next week.
However, they will remain in the area of their makeshift sanctuary, returning
to the hacking box nightly to roost,” said Cayman Wildlife Rescue Programme
Manager Alison Corbett.

The
young owls will continue to be fed at their hacking box until they are able to
feed themselves completely.

Anyone
interested in assisting the owlets in their plight can mail donations to
“Cayman Wild Life Rescue” at P.O. Box 31116 KY1-1205 or drop off their
offerings for the birds at the National Trust Office.

Members
of the public are asked to include details instructing that they wish their
donations to go toward helping the owls, as well as donors’ names and
addresses.

Donations
of $50 or more will receive a photo of the owls, along with a certificate of
appreciation.  

“This
is the second barn owl case the Cayman Wildlife Rescue has seen this year and
we are in great need of donations to cover the growing costs,” said Ms Corbett.

Cayman
Wildlife Rescue is a programme of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands,
tasked with the rescue of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release back
into the wild. It is financed by donations from the public and staffed entirely
by volunteers.

If
you should find injured wildlife anywhere, contact the LIME sponsored Wildlife
Emergency Hotline at 917-2473(BIRD). To volunteer your time with CWR, contact
Alison Corbett at [email protected]

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These baby owls are in need of help.
Photo: Stuart Wilson
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