While in Belmopan today we received a phone call regarding a nest of barn owls on the roof of a government building. Men were up on the roof servicing the air conditioning unit and laying pipes for the ducts when they came across the nest. Unfortunately, the nest of owls was right in the middle of their working space and could not remain. We have been informed that barn owl babies often get tossed off of roofs and out of attics by people who do not want them there so we came to their rescue. The men working on the roof told us the owls were very big, aggressive and that they bite!
When we arrived at the building several men were waiting for us with cardboard boxes in tow. Rachel climbed up the rather rickety ladder to the roof and collected the barn owls. We got them back home and found that they were all healthy, very hot and rather tired from the whole ordeal. Luckily Rachel found half a rat in the nest with them so we cut that up and gave them the rest of that for dinner!
Nikki does not have a steady supply of rats and mice out here (other than what is caught in the aviaries) so we bought chicken with bones and beef to feed these little guys. We will divide that meat up with the rats and mice we have and hopefully we will grow three healthy barn owls!