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Tyto alba at Thurgoona, NSW - 20 Jul 2021
Tyto alba at Thurgoona, NSW - 20 Jul 2021
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Tyto alba 20 Jul 2021 Alburyconservationcompany
Tyto alba 20 Jul 2021 ChrisAllen

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Found this poor bugger stuck in a trolley on Ettamogah road. I tipped the trolley over and it flew off very sluggish. Not sure if it wasn't healthy or just weighed down from the rain

7 comments

Kyliegw wrote:
   20 Jul 2021
wow. a wild night on the town and you wake up in a shopping trolley!
   20 Jul 2021
Great rescue @ChrisAllen, hope it ended well. Talk about taking the term 'urban wildlife' to another level :)
ChrisAllen wrote:
   20 Jul 2021
We went back passed and it had moved on so fingers crossed its ok.
PaulF wrote:
   20 Jul 2021
Now that is intriguing. Well done Chris.
   21 Jul 2021
We’re seeing a lot of evidence at the moment of poisoning in birds of prey with the mouse plague. It is unusual for birds to be in places like this and to exhibit that behaviour. Please if anyone spots another owl demonstrating behaviour like this. Please call me and I’ll come and check it over/pass it onto an appropriate carer. Amy 0412986195
ChrisAllen wrote:
   21 Jul 2021
I thought that may have been the case or that it had been hit. But when I approached it was trying to fly off. Then when I let it out it sat on the post but was gone 10 minutes later when I went back passed. Is lethargy common in secondary poisoning?
   21 Jul 2021
@ChrisAllen yeah lethargy is a key symptom, barn owls have been shown to eat up to 3 rats a night and more so with mice.
It can take multiple days to succumb to secondary poisoning so it may have very well be starting to feel the effects of it. Fingers crossed for this guy that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and all he needed was you to rescue him and to find a nice warm place to roost.

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 20 Jul 2021 02:53 PM Recorded on
  • ChrisAllen Recorded by

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