Thursday, May 22, 2008

Meet the tiny owl chicks being fed at the dinner table

The feeding method is certainly not conventional, but then again these chicks aren't exactly what you would call your average dinner guests.

In fact, George Hedges has propped his scrawny bald charges, which will eventually grow into fully fledged barn owls, into the wine glasses for feeding time.

Mr Hedges, of Devons Eagles, finds this the easiest method to give the fragile babies their daily morsels of food - mouse and cockerel chicks.

He said: "Rather than holding them and gripping them, it gives them space, and the wine glass supports them."

Mr Hedges uses a tiny pair of tweezers to give the birds little pieces of chopped-up meat.

The cotton wool in the glasses stops them from slipping and props the smaller ones up so their heads can reach above the brim of the glass.

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