Nestling barn owls recovering at wildlife center

Posted at 7:01 AM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 18:43:42-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Six little owls, called nestling barn owls, are recovering and a wildlife rehab facility after they were found on the ground in a backyard in LaBelle.

Officials at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) say they found the baby owls on March 11th, but not their parents or nest.  So they took them to their clinic in Sanibel to take care of them.

Nearly a month later, CROW says the birds are thriving and will be renested in the near future. The wildlife rehabilitators are planning on sending the owls to the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel.

The  eerie, raspy noise you heard in the video here is the sound the barn owls make, which is quite unlike the hoots of other owls.

Officials say they will stay at the clinic until the owls are full grown and able to fend for themselves out in the wild.