RSPCA staff in Nantwich ‘flue’ to the rescue of an owl which had fallen down a chimney and had become stranded in an empty house!

The RSPCA was called to help fire crew rescue the owl after neighbours had spotted him sitting on the window ledge inside the vacant property.

With the help of Cheshire firefighters, they managed to gain entry and rescue the tawny owl using a net.

Inspector Lisa Lupson then took the owl to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre on London Road in Nantwich, where it is being treated.

The owl has been given fluids and will be fed up over the next 48 hours to see if he can put on weight with an aim to release him back into the wild.

Insp Lupson said: “We think he must have been there for three or four days as he was very lethargic and quite underweight.

“He has now been taken to our wildlife centre for treatment and we are hoping this plucky little owl makes a full recovery.”

Birchwood Watch Manager Mark Pollard attended the rescue at the house in Runcorn, Cheshire.

He said: “We were only too pleased to be able to assist the RSPCA with this rescue.

“The poor fella must have been there a while and didn’t put up too much of a struggle when we finally got hold of him.”

If you see an animal in distress you can ring the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.

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