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Coruja é resgatada após ficar "gorda demais" para voar

A coruja resgatada por estar gorda demais no Reino Unido - Reprodução/Suffolk Owl
A coruja resgatada por estar gorda demais no Reino Unido Imagem: Reprodução/Suffolk Owl

Do UOL, em São Paulo

30/01/2020 11h22

Uma coruja foi resgatada no Reino Unido por ser considerada "gorda demais" para voar, de acordo com uma instituição de resgate.

O animal chegou ao santuário Suffolk Owl trazido por um homem, que tinha encontrado a coruja encharcada na região de Stonham Aspal. Ao examinarem o animal, os veterinários descobriram que ela era "extremamente obesa" e "incapaz de voar de maneira eficaz".

A equipe da instituição ficou muito surpresa, pois ao verem o animal, achavam que tratava-se de uma fêmea adulta, forte, quando na verdade era uma coruja menor e mais nova.

O santuário optou por mantê-la no local para submetê-la a uma rígida dieta. O objetivo era reduzir seu peso de 245 gramas para um "peso natural". Ela conseguiu perder até 30 gramas e foi devolvida à natureza.

This soggy little owl was found in a ditch. Usually in these instances we assume injury that is preventing the owl from flying - occasionally becoming wet causes them to become grounded too - so you can imagine our surprise that when we examined her, we found her to simply be extremely obese! Upon weighing her, she was a rather chunky 245g (which is roughly a third heaver than a large healthy female little owl) and she was unable to fly effectively due to the fatty deposits. This is unusual for wild birds to get into this condition, so we needed to investigate some obvious scenarios - the first being that she was possibly an escaped aviary bird. Sadly there was no indication of rings or chip identification. We decided to observe the bird over a period of weeks for signs of a life in captivity. Familiarity with foods used in aviaries such as bright yellow chicks (which won't often be found naturally in the English countryside) are a telltale sign. Luckily, there were no giveaway signs as she was readily taking more wild food types such as dark mice, so we are confident this may just be an unusual case of natural obesity! We also found that the area where she was rescued was crawling with field mice and voles due to the warm and wet winter we experienced in December. She has since spent a few weeks with us under observation and been placed on a strict diet. We can now happily say she has trimmed down to a more natural weight for release. . . . . . #suffolkowlsanctuary #owlsanctuary #animalsanctuary #suffolkwildlife #owl #buzzard #eagle #hawk #kestrel #meerkat #redsquirrel #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildliferescue #animalrescue #birdsofprey #animalrehabilitation #suffolk #falconry

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"Onde ela foi encontrada é uma terra muito produtiva, e tem sido um inverno ameno e há muita comida por aí - ratazanas, ratos", disse o criador de falcões, Rufus Samkin.

"Achamos que ela se saiu incrivelmente bem. Esperamos que ela tenha aprendido a manter seu peso para que ela possa escapar dos predadores", completou ele.

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