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Chinese woman finds family of owls nesting inside her range hood

She decided to not to disturb them but to them leave of their own accord

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 July, 2017, 6:11pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 July, 2017, 12:22am

After finding an owl had laid eggs in her stove’s exhaust fan pipe, a woman in central China decided not to use the gas burner to prepare meals to prevent smoke entering the pipe and harming the young hatchlings, according to national news portal.

The woman, surnamed Wen, said she would let the adult owl and her babies decide when to leave, and in the meantime would continue cooking on an electric cooker.

Her actions have been applauded online, with people describing them “acts of love”.

The woman, from said that one day in late May she saw some grass and twigs poking through a hole in the pipe and heard some sounds inside. The next day she saw a bird flying around the pipe. Out of curiosity, Wen opened the pipe and found the mother owl and six eggs.

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Her actions have been applaud online with people describing her act as “full of love”.

The woman, who lives in Luoyang in Henan province, said she saw some grass and twigs poking through a hole in the pipe and heard some sounds inside it at the end of May. The next day she saw a bird flying around the pipe. Out of curiosity, Wen opened the pipe and found the mother owl and six eggs.

She said the owl stared at her as if to plead for her life. “It didn’t fly away for fear of being caught by me,” Wen said. Being touched by the scene, she left them as they were in the pipe.

Since then her family has halted using the gas burner. Three weeks later Wen found four baby owls had hatched, while the two others were missing.

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A local zoo chief advised Wen to start feeding the baby owls chicken meat and livers a week after they were hatched.

Last week she found two owl babies had died but the two that survived appeared strong.

She said she didn’t move the baby owls away for fear that the adults could not find them later. Likewise, when the adult owl was with them inside the pipe, she dared not touch them. So she said she would wait for the birds to leave their temporary home by themselves.