A tawny owl is on the road to recovery after being found covered in engine oil.

Tiny tawny owl on the road to recovery after treatment.

Staff at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) East Winch Wildlife Centre used washing-up liquid and a brush to clean the tiny tawny following its mishap in a contaminated food trough.

The wild bird was admitted on February 5 and, after vets deemed it fit enough to be given a good wash, it was cleaned up.

Sue Levings, wildlife administrator at RSPCA East Winch said: “This poor owl had really been through the wars. She was covered in thick engine oil from head to toe when she came in.

“Luckily, apart from the thick coating on her feathers, she seems quite well. She is eating and is bright, so we are hoping after a second wash she will be on the road to recovery.

“She is looking much better and seems much happier now she is cleaner.

“We are hoping she will make a full recovery so we can release her back into the wild in the coming weeks.”

Anyone who is interested in helping to raise funds for the new aviaries at the centre can contact eastwinch@rspca.org.uk or telephone 0300 123 0709 for more information.

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