A short-eared owl badly injured after being attacked by another creature has been returned to the wild by an animal welfare charity
The bird was was found by a member of the public near Dunbeath, in Caithness, in August.
It required two months care at the Scottish SPCA Caithness and Sutherland Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
The charity has also been able to release a buzzard that was taken to the centre after being hit by a car.
Short-eared owls are classed as an amber status species by the RSPB, meaning their numbers have been in decline or habitats threatened.
Source: BBC News