Sanctuary Puts 'Extremely Obese Owl' on a Diet
Sat, April 10, 2021

Sanctuary Puts 'Extremely Obese Owl' on a Diet

 

Earlier this year, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary rescued a “little owl” after a concerned citizen saw it helplessly lying in a ditch. At first, the rescuers thought that the owl might be injured or it was just too wet to fly. However, after a complete check-up and thorough drying-off, they found no injuries at all. Instead, they discovered that the owl was just too obese to fly.

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the rescuers found out that the owl weighed 245 grams, which is around a third heavier than a large, healthy female owl. This surprised them since it’s unusual for birds to reach such a state. The owl’s weight not only left her unable to fly but also unable to reach the aviary’s perches.

 

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Fortunately, the sanctuary decided to keep the owl for a few weeks and monitor her. They concluded that the owl’s case was a case of “natural obesity" because there were many critters about for the bird to feast upon during December 2019. “It’s been very mild here, and prey species are on a cycle where they increase every four years. She absolutely gorged herself and got very fat. She had a lovely time, but went too far,” head falconer Rufus Samkin said. 

 

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Also, it should be noted that the owl was discovered in a field that was “crawling with field mice and voles” due to the atypical climate. Thus, the sanctuary had to keep the owl on a “strict diet” so it could shrink to a more “natural weight.” After a week of strict diet and exercise, the owl was able to lose between 20 and 30 grams. In the group’s Facebook group, the sanctuary announced that the bird was sent “flying gracefully off into the British countryside at a much healthier, and happier weight.”

 

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