Meet Linford and Christie, the orphaned baby owls having a hoot in their new home.
It’s not the usual thing you’d expect to find in a kitchen - but these orphaned baby owls seemed right at home as they nestled in two cups. The feathered pair were clearly having a hoot after moving into the home of their wildlife park keeper, Jimmy Robinson.
The six-week-old burrowing owlets, nicknamed Linford and Christie, were hatched in an incubator, and are now being hand-reared by Jimmy - who works at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire - and are given 24-hour care. He named the birds after the former Olympic gold medallist in honour of this year’s Games being held in London (where Linford Christie is coaching some of the athletes).
Fortunately, the native American birds can find plenty of nooks and crannies around his one-bedroom flat to hide, and Jimmy has to keep a keen eye on the tiny creatures as they try to blend in.
The pair seek refuge in plenty of weird and wonderful places including tea cups in the kitchen, bookcases and the dog basket of his Saluki, ‘JT’.
Jimmy, 25, said: “As I spend so much time with them, they do look at me as their surrogate mum and will follow me around the house or sit on my shoulder.” Read more here.