When a local farmer near Auburn, north of Adelaide, spotted six tiny barn owls bunkered down in a partially destroyed nest, hopes weren’t high for their survival.
A large branch near the nest had fallen, exposing it to weather and predators.
The farmer dutifully fetched a ladder, collected the chicks and handed them to a local animal carer.
But the carer was faced with more than she could cope with, so Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre was contacted — some 120 kilometres away.
“She didn’t want to take on six feisty little ones with pointy bits at both ends,” centre manager Bev Langley said.
With no way to pick up the animals, Ms Langley put out a call for help via their Facebook page.
By the end of the afternoon Ms Langley said she had the six chicks in the centre’s intensive care rooms.
“When they were tiny I had to chop up their food and feed them with tweezers,” she said.
“I made a glove…
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