Vandals release birds of prey from sanctuary
NewsMonday 15 July 2013
Some vandals have shamefully damaged enclosures at an animal sanctuary in County Antrim and subsequently released some birds of prey into the wild.
The incident occurred at the World of Owls Centre in Randalstown Forest, which houses 55 birds, 12 of which are now missing.
Locals and experts are fearing that these escaped birds could now starve, as most of them have been raised in captivity and have no knowledge of life in the wild.
Local authorities are working to locate the 12 missing animals and the police are on the appeal for any information linking to the incident.
The vandals had cut open the netting on many of the enclosures and rolled it right back allowing for the birds to fly to freedom.
Volunteers have begun to arrive at the sanctuary to mend the enclosures, after the staff at World of Owls appealed for help on Tuesday afternoon.
The sanctuary staff have also warned the local public that if they do spot any birds of prey in the area, they should make no attempt to capture them.
Instead, if anyone sees birds of prey "behaving unusually" in the nearby area, they are asked to contact World of Owls on 028 94472307, so the birds can be recovered properly and safely.
Picture: Marie Hale