There is a new visitor at the Department of Forest and Wildlife in Puducherry: an Indian Great Horned Owl that was rescued by the staff recently.
The owl, which is also known as the Eurasian Eagle Owl, is currently recuperating from an injury to its right wing, and is expected to be released into the wild once its wing is completely cured, an official said.
The Eurasian Eagle Owl is known for its characteristic orange eyes and two horns on its head.
This particular owl was found by a group of students in a government school in Mutharaiyarpalayam and brought to the Department.
They noticed that the right wing was not functioning, and so the owl was then taken to the Animal Husbandry Department for treatment and it was returned to the Department of Forest and Wildlife, where it is resting in one of the cages, the official said.
Although it is rare to see this species in Puducherry, during this season, these owls often come here to mate.
They are generally found in the Lawspet area, the official said.