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Owl owner's last ditch plea

PUBLISHED: 16:47 31 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH woman who has lost all hope of finding her pet owl has today made a last ditch plea for his return.

Leslie Love is still desperately looking for her feathered friend Ollie after he took flight before Christmas.

AN IPSWICH woman who has lost all hope of finding her pet owl has today made a last ditch plea for his return.

Leslie Love is still desperately looking for her feathered friend Ollie after he took flight before Christmas.

Although several people phoned in with sittings of the tawny owl he still hasn't returned home and Mrs Love is now worried that she may never see him again.

Heartbroken Mrs Love, of Foxhall Road, said: "I had people phone up saying they had seen one. There were sightings all over the place. But there are quite a lot of owls about so it may not necessarily have been him.

"There was a siting near the heath lands and another out in the country, I have also been in contact with the RSPCA.

"But if Ollie was going to be found, I think he would have been found by now. I don't think that we will ever find him."

Earlier Mrs Love, who has six years experience of caring for the tawny owl, had earlier warned people that birds are wild animals and should not be kept as pets.

It came after reports across the country told how some parents are trying to buy snowy owls, which feature in the Harry Potter book and film, as pets for their children.

Ollie was reared by the Love family since they saved his life when he was just a chick and would no longer be able to survive in the wild.

After taking advice from the RSPCA and an experienced owl carer they decided if he was to have any chance of life they should try and rear him themselves.

She added it was an extremely rare case and that it is illegal to take birds of prey or their eggs from the wild.

The owl – who can be recognised by the leather bands around his legs – has been missing since November.

If anyone finds Ollie and is able to approach him Mrs Love said they should try to pick him up gently and put him in a box before phoning the family or the RSPCA.

Anyone with any information on the missing bird should contact Mrs Love on 01473 – 410750.

Owl weblink:

www.owlpages.com


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