THE wisdom of two owls was called into question after they sought shelter – in a wood burning stove.
Fortunately, a flicker of fortune shone on the trapped pair, who were soon discovered and set free.
The tawny owls were found by Kenneth and Beverley Parker, both 58, at their Rattlesden farmhouse three days after returning from a trip to Vietnam.
Mr Parker said: “My wife went into the sitting room to find something, looked behind her and thought she saw a couple of logs in the burner.
“She looked closer and saw two pairs of eyes staring at her.”
The couple closed the curtains in the room and opened the front door before releasing the owls from the burner.
Mr Parker said: “They did a couple of circuits of the room and went out the front door.
“We saw them an hour later and one of them was perched on the roof of the barn.”
He added that the pair must have come down the chimney and ‘didn’t look to have suffered’.
“From the way they took off, it seemed they hadn’t been there very long. We were lucky in that we went looking for something and found them.” They have told the RSPB about the incident.