Owls about that? Tawny owl drops in for surprise visit

IN SAFE HANDS: The owl.
IN SAFE HANDS: The owl.

The sight of a bird of prey flying around a living room may be familiar to Harry Potter but, to a Sudbury household, it came as something of a surprise.

“It was making so much noise, I thought it was a burglar,” said Sarah Johnston-Wood, from Cornard Road.

“It sounded like it was in the attic but, when I came downstairs, it was sat calmly on the window sill.”

Mrs Johnston-Wood was greeted not by a would-be thief, but by a tawny owl, which had flown down the chimney.

“It was absolutely enormous,” she said.

With daughter Lauren, 18, left watching the owl, Mrs Johnston-Wood went next door to Ardmore Vets, which sent two nurses.

“They caught it quite deftly,” said Mrs Johnston-Wood. “I could not have done it.”

After spending a few days at the vets, the owl was taken to Raptor Rescue - a specialist centre for birds of prey – before being released.

“I was pleased it got help,” said Mrs Johnston-Wood.