GOA: A brown wood owl that entered a house at Velguem in Bicholim taluka was rescued by a wildlifer and released back into its natural habitat.
Found in various forested areas of Goa, this species preys on small mammals, birds and other creatures. Its upper body is dark brown with faint white spots on the shoulders. Its belly has brown streaks.
“Sometimes, when this owl is disturbed, it enters houses for shelter,” said Abhijit Patil of the Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade, Keri, who rescued the bird. With a lull in mining, Velguem, which had been greatly affected by the activity, has seen a marked recovery of its ecology that has, in turn, been attracting several bird and animal species.
The News 24 Goa