Oil rig owl airlifted to safety by SSPCA

An exhausted owl had a lucky escape after getting stuck on an offshore platform in the North Sea.

Rescued owl on the oil rig. Picture: Scottish SPCA

The short-eared owl had to be airlifted to safety by helicopter after crash landing on the platform last week.

The animal is now recovering in the Scottish SPCA’s care.

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The bird was flown by helicopter to Aberdeen along with the crew who were returning to the mainland.

The exhausted owl had a lucky escape. Picture: Scottish SSPCA

He was taken to the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Alloa, where staff will care for him until he is ready for release.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “The owl is doing great after his lengthy flight.

“He is waiting for a vet check before going out to our aviary and providing all is well he will be released within the next few weeks depending on weather conditions.

Chief Inspector John Carle said, “It was fantastic that the owl was able to ride in the helicopter with the crew and we would like to thank everyone for their assistance.

The owl is doing well. Picture: Scottish SPCA

“This is not the first time this has happened. There have been previous instances where birds have landed on oil rigs and been brought over to the mainland.

“In June, a lost racing pigeon was rescued after crash landing 160 miles offshore.

“It’s great that there are people looking out for these birds.”

The owl is now doing well. Picture: Scottish SSPCA