Barn Owl goes for a dip – and is lucky to survive!

This unique footage of a Barn Owl in a swimming pool came to us from our Spanish friend Iñigo.

During the heat wave in southern Spain at the beginning of August this breeding male took a dip in a neighbouring swimming pool! Unfortunately for the owl the steep sides of the pool meant that he couldn’t climb out and was in great danger of drowning. Luckily the family that live in the house spotted the owl and used a broom to lift the waterlogged bird out of the water. It survived and went on to rear a second brood of young.

Barn Owls have soft feathers that absorb water and many of them drown in steep sided containers, like water troughs, that they can’t climb out of. Prevent this happening by making a simple float for water troughs.

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