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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:47 am

Pieter Steyn wrote:It’s with a sad heart that I have report to day that late yesterday afternoon we have found two of the owl chick’s dead. Their death could have been caused by any number facts. At this stage we are speculating, until such time that an autopsy have been done on them we would not know. However, we have seen the parents this morning. To be honest, yesterday I thought that they might have become a part of statistics on road kills or even that they might have consumed rodents that have been poisoned.

Nature Conservation visited my place and weight the remaining chick and found that it weigh 100grams less than it should. At the end of the day we decided to remove the chick and to a place it at a save place ,where it can be cared for properly. This to unsure that it does reach adulthood.

At this stage I wish that the news were better as these chicks were one of only two known nests in Gauteng for this year. This make it worse. :cry: :cry:

Geez Pieter.. really sad news indeed. I was sure the bigger chick was going to fly this week. Ai.. the future for these beautiful owls looks really bad.

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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:18 am

Shame this is absolutely sad! What a tragedy... :cry: :cry: I really hold thumbs that the third one will make it.

Shame Pieter, it must be a real hard blow for you and your family. Good luck there my friend.
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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby pops » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:51 am

So sad.

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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:07 am

:( Oh no. That's horrible news. I hope they can save the remaining one.
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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby Pieter Steyn » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:21 pm

Up date on remaing chick.

The remaining chick is doing well. I believe that it has consumed 10 small rodants up to Yesterday.
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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:21 pm

Very sad news :(
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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby hilda » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:13 pm

That sounds great Pieter Steyn! As longs as he is eating, he might survive. :D Any indication yet of what caused the death of the other two chicks? :(
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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:30 pm

Sad story Pieter. I am not pointing fingers at all but were there not too many human activity and or intervention that caused the adults to abandon the chick or not fee them properly? I would have done exactly the same if it was on my property.
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Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread postby Pumbaa » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:08 pm

I was very sad to hear about the two chicks but it is great to hear that the remaining one is doing obviously more than well :thumbs_up:

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