Rescued owl ‘too fat to fly’ – sanctuary

first_imgThis owl is put on a “strict diet” to lose 20 to 30 grams. SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY When staff examined the little owl (Athene noctua), they found it to be“simply extremely obese” and “unable to fly effectively” as a result. The owl was put on a “strict diet” toslim down from its 245 grams to a more “natural weight” and has been releasedback to the wild, the sanctuary said. The sanctuary said it was “extremelyunusual for wild birds to get into this condition naturally.” “We may see her again – we hope not,”said Samkin. “Hopefully, she’s learnt to keep her weight in trim so she canescape any predators or being picked up.” (BBC) Head falconer Rufus Samkin said, “Whereshe was found is very productive land, and it’s been a mild winter and there’sa lot of food around – voles, mice. “We think she’s just done incredibly wellfor herself and overindulged.” AN owl rescued from a ditch and thoughtto be injured was in fact just too fat to fly, a bird rescue center said. The sanctuary, based in Stonham Aspal,said when the bird was weighed, it was roughly three times heavier than theywould expect a large healthy female little owl to be. He said the owl lost between 20 to 30 gramsover a couple of weeks while staff monitored its food intake. Suffolk Owl Sanctuary said the “soggy”bird was brought in by a landowner.last_img read more

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Visit 3 state park properties on motorcycle ride

first_imgVersailles, IN—Motorcycle riders can experience the beauty of Indiana state park properties and contribute to their upkeep on a June 29 charity ride through three locations.Three ride routes are available with different stops and activities on each route. All of them begin with breakfast at Hardy Lake from 7 to 10 a.m.From there, riders have a choice. Route 1 will take them to Charlestown State Park, where they can get their photo taken at Rose Island, then to Spring Mill State Park for a tour and lunch provided by the Friends of Spring Mill.Route 2 will take them to Charlestown State Park and then Clifty Falls State Park, where riders can enjoy lunch and views of waterfalls.Route 3 will take them to Versailles State Park to participate in a poker run, then to Clifty Falls State Park.Ride length varies depending on the route.Cost is $38 per person and $34 passenger until the day of the event, when the cost will be $40 per person/$36 passenger.The charity ride is a collaboration between Indiana State Parks, the Friends of Hardy Lake, the Friends of Versailles State Park, the Friends of Spring Mill State Park, and the Friends of Charlestown State Park.For more information about the ride, including directions and maps for the routes, see indianastateparksride.org.last_img read more

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Chiefs expected to sign RB Charcandrick West, report says

first_imgThe report noted that West’s previous experience with the team and knowledge of their playbook helped him seal the deal.The Chiefs also had a “really good” visit with fellow rusher C.J. Anderson, but opted to go with the player who would have the easier transition. The move comes after Kansas City cut Kareem Hunt after video emerged of him shoving and kicking a woman in Cleveland in February. Hunt also is being investigated for a separate incident in which he allegedly punched a man in the face in June.West, 27, signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May 2014. He logged 26 carries for 999 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with the team before being released in August.He signed with the Jets two days after he was cut, but was released just over a week later. Kansas City is recruiting a familiar face to fill its backfield void.The Chiefs are expected to sign running back Charcandrick West after he visited with the team over the weekend, NFL Media reported, citing sources informed of the decision. Former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt speaks for first time since releasecenter_img Related News Kareem Hunt being investigated over separate punching incident, report sayslast_img read more

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