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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Stolen owl found safe at roadside
Dai the tawny owl
Dai the owl is so tame he is used in charity work
A tawny owl called Dai has been reunited with his owners after he was stolen from a bird sanctuary.

The eight-year-old owl was found on the roadside two days after being taken from the Swan Rescue Centre in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan overnight on Sunday.

Anne Bird, who helps run the centre, said Dai appeared unharmed but she would take him to a vet for a check-up.

She said she was "absolutely over the moon" after Dai was found in his cage, which was inside a plastic bag.

"Somebody we know was driving up a road and saw a pet carrier on a piece of waste ground, thought it was a cat in it," she said.

"She stopped the car, got out and it was our owl in the box.

Harry Potter

"She was absolutely amazed to see what was in the box and she knew Dai had been stolen from us and brought him straight back to us."

Dai, who is tame, first arrived at the rescue centre in 2000. He was an unwanted pet who had been bought after a snowy owl featured in the first Harry Potter film.

The sanctuary had offered a cash reward for the return of the owl, who is taken round charities to help people who have disabilities and illnesses.

  • Seven falcon chicks stolen from the nearby Welsh Hawking Centre in Barry late on Monday are still missing.

    The tiny birds, thought to be worth around 15,000, need specialist care and the centre has warned they could die if not found within 48 hours - which would be at about 2200 BST on Wednesday.



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