Baby owls snap, crackle and pop for the camera

Oxford Mail: Jayne and Clive Jones with the baby owls Jayne and Clive Jones with the baby owls

TEN weeks ago these barn owls looked like balls of pink fluff.

Now, despite what their heart-shaped faces may suggest, they are deadly rodent killers.

Snap, along with her sister Crackle and brother Pop, are the newest arrivals at Wheatley Birds of Prey, and are already flaunting their deadly talons at live shows.

Husband and wife Jayne and Clive Jones, who run the sanctuary at Ladder Hill, said they were delighted with the owls’ progress.

Mrs Jones, 46, said: “It doesn’t matter how many you have, they’re all characters, they all have their own ways just like children. Pop is the shy one, maybe because he has two sisters.

“Snap is definitely the most forward, she is always the first for food.”

In the wild, barn owls are mainly nocturnal, and mainly feed on rodents like voles, mice and rats.

Mr and Mrs Jones have run their centre for two years, realising a lifelong dream of one-time hobbyist Mr Jones.

The centre is free to visitors.

Find out more at the website wheatleybirds ofprey.com

  • Our top stories:

Drink-binge driver is jailed over fuel spill

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DRINK-driver who caused a fuel spill after crashing his wife’s car into two trucks has been jailed for 16 months.

Vigil for ex-Gaza Scholar as wife and children are killed

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A FORMER Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholar is in intensive care and six members of his family dead after their home was bombed by Israeli forces.

17-year wait for killer to be brought to justice

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

NOT long after 3am on Tuesday, August 26, 1997, petrol was squirted through the letterbox of 156 Magdalen Road, East Oxford, using two Tango bottles.

Man arrested after accident closes St Aldate’s

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN was arrested for assault at the scene of an accident in St Aldate’s yesterday just metres away from the city’s police station.

A partial victory as school bus service saved for another year

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS in West Oxfordshire say they have have gained a partial victory after an appeal overturned plans to end a free school bus service.

Update: Three arrested after Cowley Road pub fight

Oxford Mail:

9:12pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THREE people were arrested after a brawl on Cowley Road.

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree