Yaxley is a female European Eagle Owl. Yaxley was rescued by the RSPCA after being
severely neglected. When rescued she weighed under a pound and a half, less than a quarter of what she should have weighed. Her previous owner was prosecuted and banned from keeping birds of prey for life. Although still very nervous and wary of people, Yaxley is coming along nicely and we hope that she will continue to progress with plenty of love and attention.
About European Eagle Owls
The European Eagle Owl, despite common belief, is native to the U.K. and were naturally living throughout Britain until the 19th Century. Unfortunately, at the end of the 19th century they were persecuted and hunted to extinction in Britain. In recent times they have again been noted to be living wild in Britain, although they are not officially recognised as a native species.
The European Eagle Owl is the largest owl in the world and preys on larger birds and mammals, such as rabbits, foxes and have even been spotted on occasion preying on roe deer. They hunt primarily at dawn and dusk but will also hunt during the day, particularly when caring for their young.
Although the European Eagle Owl is widespread across Europe and is found in a large variety of habitats, they favour nesting sites in woodland, abandoned quarries or on cliff surfaces. They will usually lay between one and four eggs in a clutch with the male and female working co-operatively to care for the young. They often pair for life and roost together during the day.