KUCHING, Jan 3: A rare barred eagle-owl made a positive recovery after three weeks of being nursed back to health by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).
According to SFC in a statement today, the rare owl was discovered in Piasau Nature Reserve by one of their rangers in a weakened state and unable to move .
“According to our ranger, it had likely been illegally kept and abandoned by an irresponsible owner, and after three weeks of tender loving care by our ranger, the owl has started its recovery,” the statement said.
Barred eagle-owls are a protected species under Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998 whereby killing, keeping, selling, buying the animal or its derivatives are prohibited by law.
If found guilty, the perpetrator can be jailed for one year and fined RM10,000.
SFC urges the public to notify or inform SFC staff before releasing the wildlife in their possession into the reserve, rather than just dumping it there.
Members of the public can lodge a report with SFC if they find anyone hunting, capturing, killing, trading, keeping as pets, importing or exporting of protected wildlife.
SFC hotlines at 0168565564/0198859996 (Kuching), 0198883561 (Sibu), 0198223449/0198332737 (Bintulu) and 0198290994/0189799778 (Miri). —DayakDaily.