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What a hoot! Pair of orphaned baby owls take over apartment

March 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM ET

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Two orphaned baby owls have moved in with Jimmy Robinson, park keeper at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in England, where they are busy finding small places to hide. The tiny 6-week-old burrowing owlets, nicknamed Linford and Christie (after the gold-medal-winning British Olympian) were hatched in an incubator at a local hawk conservancy and need 24-hour care for another month.

The birds, native to North and South America, get their name from living in small burrows in the wild, but this pair has certainly found no problem adapting that behavior to a one-bedroom apartment. Robinson keeps a close eye on the tiny birds as they try to blend in, the game keeper told British news service BNPS.

''Tea cups and bookcases are a particular favorite, but it's good to see them developing their natural behavior," he said, adding "and they always seem to find me at meal times''

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BNPS.co.uk (01202) 558833 Pic: Peter Willows/BNPS Hide and Seek.... Two orphaned baby owls are having a hoot after moving into the home of their Longleat keeper Jimmy Robinson. The tiny burrowing owlets, nicknamed Linford and Christie, were hatched in an incubator at Longleat Safari Park, Wilts, and are now being hand reared by Jimmy and given 24hr care and attention. Fortunately the native American birds, that get their name from living in small burrows in the wild, can find plenty of nooks and crannys about his flat to hide, and Jimmy has to keep a keen eye on the tiny creatures as they try to blend in. 'Tea cups and bookcases are a particular favourite, but its good to see them developing their natural behaviour and they always seem to find me at meal times'
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BNPS.co.uk (01202) 558833 Pic: Peter Willows/BNPS Hide and Seek.... Even Jimmys Saluki 'JT' keeps an eye on the inquisitive owlets. Two orphaned baby owls are having a hoot after moving into the home of their Longleat keeper Jimmy Robinson. The tiny burrowing owlets, nicknamed Linford and Christie, were hatched in an incubator at Longleat Safari Park, Wilts, and are now being hand reared by Jimmy and given 24hr care and attention. Fortunately the native American birds, that get their name from living in small burrows in the wild, can find plenty of nooks and crannys about his flat to hide, and Jimmy has to keep a keen eye on the tiny creatures as they try to blend in. 'Tea cups and bookcases are a particular favourite, but its good to see them developing their natural behaviour and they always seem to find me at meal times'
Pete Willows/BNPS / BNPS.co.uk
BNPS.co.uk (01202) 558833 Pic: Peter Willows/BNPS Hide and Seek.... Two orphaned baby owls are having a hoot after moving into the home of their Longleat keeper Jimmy Robinson. The tiny burrowing owlets, nicknamed Linford and Christie, were hatched in an incubator at Longleat Safari Park, Wilts, and are now being hand reared by Jimmy and given 24hr care and attention. Fortunately the native American birds, that get their name from living in small burrows in the wild, can find plenty of nooks and crannys about his flat to hide, and Jimmy has to keep a keen eye on the tiny creatures as they try to blend in. 'Tea cups and bookcases are a particular favourite, but its good to see them developing their natural behaviour and they always seem to find me at meal times'

 

 

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