three baby tawny owls saved in Hellemmes after a great outpouring of solidarity

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This weekend, the gusts of storm Eunice caused a lot of damage in the region and the town of Hellemmes was no exception. In Parc Bocquet, several trees were blown or damaged by the wind. Except that one of them, an ash tree which contained a cavity and which was therefore weakened, was home to a family of tawny owls with three babies. ” It was the neighbors who alerted Saturday morning after finding the little onessays the mayor of the town Franck Gherbi. One had taken refuge high up in a tree. The other two on the ground were taken to safety by a resident, who then released one into the park as it was fit. »

The story ends well thanks to a great outpouring of solidarity from the inhabitants.  REPRO THE VOICE
The story ends well thanks to a great outpouring of solidarity from the inhabitants. REPRO THE VOICE

And it is thanks to this great show of solidarity that the story ended well for nocturnal animals. The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) is on the alert. ” In these cases, it is necessary to act as quickly as possible.explains Damien Villotta, employee of the LPO. The emergency was to put the siblings back in the tree, in a secure way, so that the parents could find them. We found an emergency nest box thanks to a long-time volunteer who graciously provided it to us. »

The owls are about three weeks old.  REPRO THE VOICE
The owls are about three weeks old. REPRO THE VOICE

The time of implementation of the intervention, the residents took turns to watch over only the little ones, aged about three weeks, are not threatened by a cat or a dog. ” It was crazy, there were at least twenty inhabitants. Everyone did a terrific job. »

An emergency nest box

Sunday morning, residents are still curious. ” Do you think they’ll be fine? That mom will come back? Last night we wondered a lot if they were okay “says a walker. ” It should do itthinks Damien Villotta. They made two-thirds of the course before being able to be independent. On the other hand, they were born very early in the season. In general, we are rather on a nesting around March. »

Damien Villotta of the LPO with one of the baby owls.  REPRO THE VOICE
Damien Villotta of the LPO with one of the baby owls. REPRO THE VOICE

Hoisted in the tree about fifteen meters by the arborist climber of the city, almost at the place where was the hollow branch which served as a nest for the owls, the nesting box was able to accommodate the little ones, mounted thanks to a basket. It now remains to hope that the parents will find them well and that the new gales expected in the Lille metropolis will spare the small family and their habitat.

What to do when you find a raptor or any other bird?

For Damien Villotta of the LPO, the first instinct if you find a bird – and in the event that it is not injured – is to reposition it in height to put it in safety from predators. ” If we can put him back in his nest, that’s great. Otherwise, we can create one for him with a shoebox, a basket, a little straw or branches. Also pay attention to the food given. ” Sometimes, by thinking well, we make mistakes. For example, it is important not to give milk mixed with bread, it will certainly create an obstruction. »

If the animal is injured, it must be sheltered (always wearing gloves to handle it) and quickly entrust it to a care center. In particular, you can reach the SOS wildlife network, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on 07 72 22 51 40. The LPO website – nord.lpo.fr – can also guide you in the right actions to adopt.

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