An Oxford care home resident has celebrated his 80th birthday with a surprise visit from three owls.

Spending the day at Green Gates Bupa Care Home, Roland Butler was treated to an unusual gift, arranged by his carers.

A lifelong animal lover, with a particular interest in birdwatching, Mr Butler was "thrilled" when the local animal experience providers, Al’s Owls, brought three birds to the home.

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He said: "I’ve had a brilliant birthday, surrounded by people I love. I feel very lucky.

"I was thrilled to hold the owls; it was certainly a unique experience, and they are beautiful creatures that I have always admired."

Mr Butler is a father of four, and grandfather, and has lived in Oxford his entire life, working at Morris Motors as a panel beater after leaving St Margaret’s School at 16.

His two daughters, Tracey and Collen, frequently visit him and were present for his birthday celebration.

Mr Butler enjoys spending time in the garden at Green Gates, where he continues to indulge in his love for nature and animal watching.

Home manager Sharon Lamb said: "We were delighted to make Roland so happy on his birthday, he had the biggest smile on his face during the owl visit.

"It’s really important that we make each individual feel loved and valued at Green Gates; that is why we do our best to help carry people’s hobbies and passions into retirement."