Lost Owl Gets Helicopter Ride With Oil Workers

Lost Owl Gets Helicopter Ride With Oil Workers

A disorientated owl has hitched a lift on a helicopter after flying more than 100 miles to an oil rig in the North Sea.

Workers have been caring for the bird since it landed on the platform last Wednesday.

After being airlifted back to shore it is now being looked after by the SSPCA in Fishcross, Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

"The owl is doing great after his lengthy flight," said centre manager Colin Seddon.

"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."

It is not the first time that a bird has needed a ride after taking a wrong turn and ending up on an oil platform.

SSPCA chief inspector John Carle said: "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."