A debilitated short-eared owl escaped an unpleasant fate earlier this week when it was rescued from some hungry ravens that were preparing to make a meal of it, RÚV reports. The lucky owl was taken to the Animal Hospital in Garðabær, where it is now being nursed back to health.
The short-eared owl is one of three owl species in Iceland, but is the only one that regularly nests in the country. Veterinarian Kristbjörg Sara Thorarensen says there’s no sign that the rescued owl has a broken wing, but rather that it’s suffering from malnourishment, and so wasn’t able to take off when caught in a dangerous situation.
The bird is being fed tiny pieces of raw meat by her carers and has already gained few grams’ weight. The Animal Hospital hopes to be able to release it around Borgarfjörður in West Iceland after Easter. You can watch a video of the owl being fed on RÚV, here.