A Scottish bird centre has welcomed a parliament of soft and cuddly baby owls to its aviaries.
The four fluffy new arrivals are long-eared owls, all recently born to the same mating pair, and are the first of their kind to be bred successfully at the Scottish Owl Centre.
Staff at the West Lothian centre are overjoyed at the arrival of the chicks, with their birth a month ago coming as a bit of a surprise for senior keeper Trystan Williams.
He said: “It’s the first time we’ve bred them.
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“At the end of last year we got a female in and obviously gets on very well with the male – they got on straight away.”
The birds will soon be moved on to new homes in order to take part in flying demonstrations and educational schemes.
The Scottish Owl Centre was founded in 2003 and relocated to its current location in order to accomodate more birds. Highlights of their current collection include a pair of Rusty-barred Owls from Brazil. These are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ and are the rarest owls in the centre’s care.
The term ‘parliament’ is used to describe a group of owls together in one place, as the animals are historically associated with knowledge.