The Tropical Butterfly House has had an unusual guest recently. A little owl was brought in by visitor Paul Tredgett of Killamarsh, who found the owl in the middle of Marsh Lane at Eckington. The owl did not move when approached and upon closer inspection appeared to have an eye infection.

Mr Tredgett picked up the owl so that it wouldn’t get any further injuries on the busy road, and placed him on the passenger seat of his car. The little owl, which is just 15cm in height, hopped towards him so Paul put his girlfriend’s ear muffs on the seat, which the owl then snuggled into.

Paul took the owl to the Tropical Butterfly House, which funded the medical bills at the veterinary clinic to treat his infected eye, and then looked after him until he was ready to be released back in to the wild four days later.

The little owl was released by Tropical Butterfly House staff and Mr Tredgett near a barn close to where he was originally found. After release, another little owl was seen flying towards the owl. The centre believes this may have been the partner of the released owl. Little owls are faithful to one another, their bonds remaining for life.

Abigail Carter, Animal Team Leader at the Tropical Butterfly House, said: “Everybody at the Tropical Butterfly House would like to thank Mr Tredgett for rescuing the little owl when many people would have carried on driving.”