A GREAT Grey Owl called Walter has been rescued and nursed back to health at Hatton Farm Village.
Walter was found starving to death along with 40 other owls in an owl sanctuary in Cumbria in 2011. He was taken in by Arden Falconry at Hatton who put him on the road to recovery.
Arden Falconry partner Danielle Shearsby had driven up to collect him.
“When I got there he was in a desperate state with no wing or tail feathers left,” she said. “He was far from well, couldn’t fly and had sores on the bones of his wings.
“We brought him back to Hatton and started to feed him up on chicken, mice, rats and quails. During the winter of 2011 we brought him into the office to be warm.
“By November we started to see an improvement and his wing and tail feathers started to grow back. We worked on keeping him fat and in December we moved him to a bigger aviary where he started to fly up to higher perches.
“Now, in January, we are hopeful he is close to being able to fly and take part in our demonstrations.
“He is a lovely, well natured owl who has been through a horrible ordeal. He seems to like his new home and being with people.”
The Great Grey Owls are native to North America and other northern countries around the globe and can live for up to 40 years.
Hatton Farm Village, at Hatton Country World, is open between 10.00am and 5.30pm and is located just off the A4177 between Warwick and Solihull. For further information call 01926 843411 or visit www.hattonworld.com.