Although Vets Now Referrals in Swindon has treated pets for swallowing strange objects including stones, coins, and soap; never have they seen an owl swallow a sock… until now!

Although Vets Now Referrals in Swindon has treated pets for swallowing strange objects including stones, coins, and soap; never have they seen an owl swallow a sock… until now!

Neil Forbes and Lydon the Owl.John Dowling, owner of 13-week-old Indian eagle owl called Lydon, noticed he was not eating properly and looked “dazed and confused” when taking part in a local event. After the show Mr Downling became increasingly concerned as Lydon looked like he was trying to vomit but couldn’t, so he rushed him to Vets Now Referrals in Swindon for a consultation.

Neil Forbes, a qualified specialist in avian medicine, examined Lydon and found a hard swelling on his abdomen. Radiographs confirmed a bloated and very full stomach, and the decision was taken to operate in order to remove the mass.

Fearing a growth or tumour, Mr Forbes was surprised to discover a smelly old sock in Lydon’s stomach.

With the sock successfully removed, Lydon was able to go home a few hours later, none the worse for his experience.

Mr Dowling said: “Lydon is a hand reared Indian eagle owl and is often in and around the house. The sock is a toy he has played with since he was a owlet, and never did I think he would, or could, have eaten it!

“I was obviously surprised when Neil found the sock in Lydon’s stomach but more relieved than anything. I feared the worst but was delighted to find out it wasn’t something more sinister.”

Mr Forbes said: “Never in my 28 years of avian medicine experience have I treated an owl that swallowed a sock, it’s just unheard of.”

“We would always advise owners of pets to be careful when leaving items around the house, as you can never predict how mischievous pets can be,” he added.

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