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RSPCA Norfolk’s latest intake of injured and orphaned owlets is so adorable it hurts

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East Winch Wildlife Centre is now caring for 32 tawny, barn and little owlets.

Abandoned owlet

Norfolk’s East Winch Wildlife Centre has seen a surge in owlet residents in recent weeks, creating a flurry of feathery pictures that will likely melt your heart.

Every year, abandoned and vulnerable mammals and birds flood into RSPCA shelters across the country in search of warmth and food, and this summer’s intake brought more than 30 baby tawny, barn and little owls in need of protection.

(RSPCA Norfolk)

“We need to help them recover from their injuries or weakness and then build them up in preparation for return to the wild.”

(RSPCA Norfolk)

But Charles also urged members of the public to remember the owlet’s ultimate destination lies outside of human care.

RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre Profile of single Tawny owlet (4-week-old) in aviary East Winch, UK 1103578 Please read our licence terms agreed by you when registering on our website at www.rspcaphotolibrary.com. All digital images must be deleted after authorised use unless otherwise agreed in writing. Photograph by Joe Murphy/RSPCA www.rspcaphotolibrary.com Tel: 0300 123 0402 Fax: 0870 753 0048 email: pictures@rspcaphotolibrary.com
(RSPCA Norfolk)

“Once they’re able to feed themselves, we keep reducing our contact with them so they don’t imprint on humans.

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“That’s the best way to make sure they’ll cope when they return to the wild.”

(RSPCA Norfolk)

A busy summer awaits.

RSPCA staff ask that members of the public who are concerned about an animal’s welfare should contact 0300 1234 999.

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