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VIDEO: Newquay owl's best friend is a kitchen mop

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: May 28, 2013

Newquay owl's best friend is a kitchen mop

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This cheeky baby owl is the spitting image of his new best friend who he follows everywhere - a kitchen MOP.

The Siberian Eagle Owl - called Lightning - loves watching his keepers using the floor cleaner.

The owl was born in captivity as part of a breeding programme and because he is only two months old his feathers are still grey and fluffy - just like the mop.

Every time his carers clean the floor the baby owl hops out of his cage - and follows the mop around.

Lightning is being cared for at the Screech Owl Sanctuary, in Newquay, Cornwall, and is the only owl born on time this year.

Carolyn Screech, who runs the centre, said: "He absolutely loves to play with the mop, he is very playful, it's his new toy."

Carolyn also issued a warning not to touch baby owls who are found on the floor.

She said: ''Baby tawny owls, long before they have learned to fly, have very long talons, and will climb up and down trees.

"People will pick them up as they look injured, but it will be being looked after by its mum and they can climb up and down."

Screech Owl Sanctuary cares for between 300 and 400 sick birds a year.

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