The pitter patter of tiny claws

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary has got some baby European Eagle Owls which have recently hatched''Pictured: Dean Winham (Conservation Officer) with one of the baby Owls
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary has got some baby European Eagle Owls which have recently hatched''Pictured: Dean Winham (Conservation Officer) with one of the baby Owls

SUFFOLK Owl Sanctuary is celebrating a new arrival – as it welcomes three new baby European eagle owls.

The owlets hatched at the sanctuary at Stonham Barns two weeks ago.

Since then they have been kept in a heated brooder to help keep them warm.

The chicks’ mother, Rheia, has been at the sanctuary for 16 years but this is the first time she has had owlets.

Manager Andy Hulme, said: “The owlets are just coming up to two weeks old and are very cute.

“When the owls are about to hatch we take them away from the mother and replace them with dummy eggs.

“Sometimes with new parents they don’t quite know what to do so we like to make sure they are well looked after when they are so vulnerable.

“It is a very exciting and happy time when you have new chicks.

“You see the mother preparing their nest, then laying her eggs and start brooding – it gets very involving.”

The owlets are to be rehomed in Spain once fully grown.