Monday, 10 October 2011

What a Hoot!

We've been experiencing what seems to be a normal Scottish weather - gloomy days with strong wind and rain, and the days are getting shorter and colder.

Last Friday, late in the afternoon, while I was "busy" in the kitchen with Elsa, we heard a frantic scratching coming from the chimney flue in the family room. At first, we thought it was a poltergeist from that one movie, but we decided against that. We couldn't see what it was and suspected that it might have been a giant rat since it was highly unlikely that a cat might be trapped in there, unless it had some sort of deathwish.

The noise went on several times, and we still weren't able to see anything.

During the evening, we found out what it was ... a tired looking Barn Owl that had dropped down into the fireplace. Poor thing, dunno how long it'd been trapped in the flue.

A phone call to the animal rescue department proved fruitful and within minutes, an officer came to take the owl away.  Good thing the weather was not cold enough to warrant us the use of the wood burning stove/heater, thus making the flue clear of any soot.