Rusty is a red male Tawny Owl who was hit by a car. He is now brain damaged meaning he would be unable to fend for himself in the wild. Although he is brain damaged, he does seem to have progressed in the time that he has spent with the Trust and is gradually becoming more aware of the things that happen around him. Rusty occasionally accompanies our display team on fundraising and educational displays and loves the attention he recieves. He has become a firm favourite both with the volunteers at the trust and with members of the public due to his laid back and affectionate nature.
About Tawny Owls
The Tawny Owl is found across the U.K. and is the owl associated with the ‘t00-wit twoo’ call. It is thought that the call is the result of a pair of owls, the female beginning with the ‘too-wit’ sound and the male answering with ‘twoo’, however, single owls in captivity have been known to make both noises themselves.
The Tawny Owl preys on small mammals and birds and will also feed on fish and frogs. As the Tawny Owl does not have water-proofing oil on it’s feathers, it has developed a unique method of fishing. To test whether the water is shallow enough to fish, the Tawny Owl will trail it’s talons through the water and from the temperature, it can tell how deep the water is.