Injured Brown Fish Owl released back into wild


Following a gruelling nine-month rehabilitation period, a rare Brown Fish Owl has been released back into the wild in the southern Turkish province of Mersin.

The injured owl was found by locals in an undisclosed area of forest in Mersin and handed over to teams from the Mersin Directorate General for Nature Conservation and National Parks. The owl, which had a broken wing, then received nine months of treatment at the Tarsus Animal Park in Mersin. Although its recovery was a long process, the owl eventually became strong enough to be released back into the wild.

Altay Atlı, a biologist at the Tarsus Animal Park, commented: "When it was brought here, our veterinaries figured that the owl had a fracture in its right broken wing. Treating bone fractures takes time but it is fine now. During the treatment process there were times we had to hand-feed the owl. It is good and strong enough to look after itself in the wilderness. As it recovered, we have handed over the animal to the Directorate General for Nature Conservation and National Parks."

Until very recently, Brown Fish Owl was one of the Western Palearctic's least known and mysterious birds. However, in June 2009, members of The Sound Approach found fish owls at an undisclosed site in the Taurus Mountains, since which a number of other pairs have been found, including well-watched birds at a reservoir near Antalya. Nevertheless, it remains one of the region's rarest birds and is considered threatened. Therefore the successful rehabilitation of this particular bird is of considerable importance to Turkey's fish owl population.

Source: Demirören News Agency.