The end of the Harry Potter movies has led to the widespread abandonment of pet owls reports David Paul:
- There was a surge in the number of owls purchased after the first Harry Potter film came out. In the films, the titular character has a Snowy Owl named Hedwig.
- However the birds are difficult to care for. They live for up to 20 years, cost about £900, and ideally require a 20 foot aviary.
- As the movies have come to an end, owl-owners have become tired of cleaning up after the birds and are returning them to sanctuaries.
- One rescue worker says that the number of owls she has to look after has gone from 6 to 100.
- There are fears that some owls have been released into the wild illegally where they will have likely starved.
- JK Rowling, the author of the series, has asked fans to refrain from purchasing owls as pets.
To read more about Rowling’s proposed alternative, the legality of keeping owls as pets, and how this relates to The Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, click here.