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Sep 4, 2012

Young Tawny Owls ~ down but not out

Photo by Mike Cardy/Getty Images
Rescued young Tawny Owls perch rather forlornly on a branch as they wait to be released back into the wild at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton, England, south-east of Exmoor National Park.   Between January and the end of July, 33 of the baby birds were taken to the RSPCA centre in Somerset for care, a large increase over previous years.   Although the exact reason for the rise is unclear, it's thought that weather conditions and extremely windy days through spring and early summer may have contributed to the owls' misadventures.
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