Police become the resource for handling stray animals

A couple of owl chicks are the latest animals to get a helping hand from the Fuerza Pública.

The two chicks fell from a nest in Barrio El Carmen de Abrojo, Ciudad Neily, the police agency reported. The man who found them turned them over to the Fuerza Pública.

The police agency frequently is the contact for the public in the cases of wild animals, be they sloth, deer, turtles or similar. There also have been a few snakes.

Police at the Ciudad Neily station accepted the owl chicks and got them some meals Saturday. The menu was steak.

Sunday workers at the local office of the Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía picked up the birds and took them to a refuge in Golfito where they will be raised until they can be returned to the wilds, said police.

Costa Rica hosts at least 14 different owl species. Without seeing the parents, the species of the chicks will not be known for some time.

Although expats may consider the owls rural animals, the birds can be seen even in downtown San José perched on a vantage point awaiting the appearance of a sewer rat or some other meals.chick042015

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