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Gdansk releases record number of owls into wild

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 21.08.2014 08:55
Two owls that were found as chicks in Gdansk, northern Poland, have been released into the wild as mature birds by the city's mayor.

Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz (L) and ornithologist Leszek Damps (R) free the owls inthe Oliwa Woods, outside the city. Photo: PAP/Adam Warzawa

“I am very grateful to everyone who contributed to saving these animals,” enthused mayor Pawel Adamowicz, as he freed the birds together with ornithologist Leszek Damps.

“Without our collective help, they wouldn't have had a chance of survival.”

One of the birds had been found in the vicinity of the University of Gdansk, and the other in the outlying district of Kielpino Gorne.

In both cases, members of the public contacted vets from the Pomeranian Rehabilitation Centre for Wild Birds and Small Mammals 'Ostoja', which is partly funded by the city.

Photo: PAP/Adam Warzawa

The mayor was invited to free the birds by volunteers from the centre, and the owls were released into the Oliwa Woods, which cover 6000 hectares of land on the outskirts of Gdansk.

So far this year, the Ostoja centre has aided 362 wild birds and other animals. (nh)

Source: PAP, gdansk.pl

tags: Birds, gdansk, owls
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