A worried animal lover is urging people to look out for her beloved pet owl after it escaped from its aviary.
Georgina Darcy has spent the past three days frantically searching for her tawny owl Teyen after the pet took off from Hawkshead Terrace, Mereside, as she was being fed.
The six month old owl still has jesses attached to its ankle, making the nocturnal bird recognisable to anyone who sees her in flight.
Ms Darcy, 53, said: “She’s used to humans and will fly to somebody but she doesn’t know how to hunt and if I don’t get her back she may die.
“It’s difficult to look for her during the day because she’s nocturnal, so yesterday she would have been in a tree asleep.
“It would mean the world to me if I got her back.”
Teyen has lived with Ms Darcy since hatching in April and is described as being a fully grown owl with light brown and peach-coloured feathers.
Ms Darcy says she first fell in love with owls as a child and is desperate to find Teyen, who lives in an aviary outside her Mereside home.
But she says time is running out for her to come home safely because of her inability to hunt for food – and the fact she could also be attacked by wild birds.
Ms Darcy, who volunteers at the Turbary Woods Bird of Prey Sanctuary, in Preston, added: “I can’t believe she has gone but I’ve been in touch with the RSPCA and other people with birds of prey who will know to try and spot it.
“I live next to the big Tesco store in Mereside and next to Marton Mere Caravan Park which compounds the situation because she could be anywhere.
“There’s the road nearby so it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.
“I’ve been in my car driving around to look for her in the cars near to my house, but it’s very difficult.”
If anyone has seen Teyen, they should call Ms Darcy on 07947 297606.
Young owls in the wild
• Wild tawny owls are commonly found in woodlands.
• They are non-migratory and highly territorial.
• Many young owls die of starvation if they cannot find territory once their parental care stops.
• The species has widespread breeding species in England, Wales and Scotland, but the owls are not found in Ireland.
• The tawny owl has 10 basic calls.
• Their diet consists predominantly of small mammals including long-tailed field mice, field vole and common shrew.
• Ears are asymmetrically placed ears to give the owls excellent directional hearing.