Midrand schoolboys save owlets from harm

Leondre Thompson, John Ephraim, Berry Ephraim, Kenneth Wana, Bafana Mphera and Owami Mackay with their friends after taking two little owls to the zoo. (The others didn't want to provide their names, according to Lowry Park)

 

Six boys from Dulcie September Primary School took two young, vulnerable marsh owls to Lowry Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary after its mother was hit by a truck on 19 April.

Leondre Thompson, John Ephraim, Berry Ephraim, Kenneth Wana, Bafana Mphera and Owami Mackay had witnessed the owlets’ mother being hit by the truck and decided to save the fluffy babies and take them to the sanctuary.

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Almost a month later, Simone Burger, the education officer said the chicks were doing well. “Here at Lowry Park Owl and Animal Sanctuary, when it comes to conservation and general animal welfare, we try help wherever we can. We are currently hand-feeding the birds and preparing to keep them in an enclosure at the zoo for their safety,” she said.

Burger further said that marsh owls are ground nesting birds, making them very vulnerable to human interference. “We have not seen very many numbers of this species within the area for some time now. This is due to a lot of construction happening in and around President Park in the last few years. Now that all the hustle and bustle has settled down, it seems the birds are making a return. This is a great example of animal adaptation,” she concluded.

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