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‘Extremely Obese’ Owl Rescued After Becoming Too Fat To Fly

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This little owl had a big appetite.

When the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in England first took in this “soggy” bird, it thought she’d been injured or perhaps was struggling to fly because she was wet. Turns out she was just a tad too chunky to be airborne.


In social media posts, the rescue and conservation group explained that on weighing the bird, known as a “little owl,” they discovered she was “extremely obese” ― roughly a third heavier than they would expect a large healthy female little owl to be.

“This is extremely unusual for wild birds to get into this condition naturally,” the group wrote in a post. 

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The group’s head falconer, Rufus Samkin, told the BBC that the area where the owl was found had been crawling with voles and mice due to a mild winter.

“We think she’s just done incredibly well for herself and overindulged,” he said.

Samkin said that the owl had dropped 20 to 30 grams during her two-week stay, and he hoped she’d learned her lesson.

“Hopefully, she’s learnt to keep her weight in trim so she can escape any predators or being picked up,” he said.

Following a couple of weeks of observation on a strict diet, the little owl was released back into the wild Monday at a more natural weight.

“Extremely obese” owl is too fat to fly

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The female owl was found in a ditch in Suffolk, unable to fly because it was too fat.

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Little girl gets hand caught in meat grinder in Sydney

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Cruise ship nearly hits pier in stomach-churning footage

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BTS Playing Hide-And-Seek With Ashton Kutcher, James Corden Is Pure Joy

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James Corden may have saved the best for last on “The Late Late Show” Tuesday.

To end the program, the host, Ashton Kutcher and K-pop band BTS played a rousing game of hide-and-seek. (Watch the video above.)


Anywhere in the studio was fair game, and it made for great fun.

Corden and Kutcher raced to be the first to find four band members.

BTS, which performed at the Grammys on Sunday, has had multiple No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts.

And members proved to be pretty good hiders, too.

Travel insurers may not cover travellers for coronavirus outbreak

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As the coronavirus epidemic spreads, those travelling to China have been warned that many travel insurers may not cover their trips.

John McEnroe apologises for protest: ‘I didn’t read the rule book’

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Tennis great John McEnroe has apologised for breaking “protocols” when he pulled a controversial on-court protest calling for Margaret Court Arena to be renamed.

Boat found hundreds of kilometres from where it capsized, man missing

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The son was able to make it to safety on a dinghy.

Jetstar suspends China flights over coronavirus fears

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Jetstar has suspended flights from Singapore to three Chinese cities in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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