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Birds of prey brought back from the brink

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Birds of prey brought back from the brink

Published by Eagle Radio News Team at 10:52am 22nd February 2020. (Updated at 1:00pm 22nd February 2020)

A charity near Alton's been caring for some very special patients this winter.

Among the patients needing treatment at HART Wildlife Rescue recently were a Tawny Owl and a Common Buzzard.

The Tawny Owl, found in Lasham, arrived at the charity on 21 December 2019 in poor condition and suffering with a back injury.

Tawny Owl at HART Wildlife Rescue

After fluid therapy and several days being hand-fed chicks and mice by volunteers, the owl started feeding itself and sitting on its perch again.

Eight days of treatment in hospital helped the owl become strong enough to move to the flight aviary for a few more days.

Hospital Manager Paul Reynolds said:

“Once we were confident that owl was flying and eating well, we were able to contact the wonderful couple who had rescued it.

"We always try to release animals back near to where they were found.”

On release, the owl flew up into a nearby tree, returning to life in its home territory. It's hoped its made was waiting nearby.

A young male Common Buzzard found on a building site in Basingstoke was also recently admitted to the charity's hospital.

Male Common Buzzard

The team at HART suspected he might have been hit by a vehicle, causing an injury to his leg.

The buzzard was also given fluids and food to build up his strength - and he had quite an appetite!

During his time with HART he managed to eat 50 chicks, a roadkill pheasant and pigeon.

In the wild, buzzards frequently hunt for small rodents but can also catch and eat birds, reptiles and amphibians.

The buzzard was also successfully returned to his home territory.

The two birds have been great success stories for HART, but the hospital opens its doors to all wildlife who need them.

Recent admissions include a male brown hare, two foxes, a pet corn snake and a Roe deer.

The charity in North East Hampshire provides rescue, treatment and rehabilitation service for local wildlife. They have treated over 20,000 animals in the past 20 years.

They run a busy wildlife hospital, give advice to vets, the RSPCA and members of the public.

HART are entirely reliant on donations from the public to continue their work.

They have a charity donation box in Sainsbury’s Alton if you would like to help support their work.

Donations are also accepted at HART's website, where you can donate money or buy something from the charity's wish-list.