Benji Boo, where are you?

Pet owner Karen Mankowska is asking for people to look out for beloved barn owl, Benji Boo, who is missing in Blackpool
Pet owner Karen Mankowska is asking for people to look out for beloved barn owl, Benji Boo, who is missing in Blackpool
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A heartbroken pet owner is appealing for people to be on the lookout for her baby barn owl around Blackpool.

Karen Mankowska hand reared the six-month-old bird from being a fledgling and said the bird is considered “one of the family”.

But Benji Boo escaped from her aviary after strong winds blew part of it off over the weekend.

She has since been spotted in the Newton Drive area of Blackpool but is yet to be safely returned home.

Mrs Mankowska said she has been overwhelmed by people’s support to find Benji Boo.

Mrs Mankowska, of Deansway, Blackpool, said: “Everyone’s been very supportive looking for her.”

The owl owner said she was amazed to see strangers out looking for her bird and said she hopes it will encourage others to be on the lookout.

Mrs Mankowska said: “Between Saturday and Sunday the roof was blown off the aviary.

“The next morning I couldn’t see her and when I peered in I realised she’d gone.”

Experts have told the grandmother, 52, that the barn owl is likely to be in an evergreen tree and is unlikely to flown far from her home.

She added: “I just want people to check in their sheds or garages as well. She’s extremely tame, very gentle and used to being handled.

“She’s a beautiful bird, absolutely stunning.

“I’ve hand reared her from a baby so she’s not used to finding her own food. It would mean everything to get her back. She’s part of the family now and I thought she’d always be with me.”