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Waterhouses couple come to the aid of wildlife

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Dickie and Penny Ward with the Tawny owl and grass snake which they have nursed back to health.  Picture by Ruth Downing.

Dickie and Penny Ward with the Tawny owl and grass snake which they have nursed back to health. Picture by Ruth Downing.

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AN INJURED tawny owl and grass snake have both been released into the wild after being nursed back to health by a Waterhouses couple.

Penny and Dickie Ward of Waterfall Lane came to the rescue not once, but twice recently, to step in and help the injured wildlife.

Dickie, who is an employee at the JCB Plumpton Research Test Site, was contacted by a colleague who had found an injured tawny owl on the Farley Estate.

After taking the owl for X-rays at a local veterinary practice, it was confirmed that it had suffered a fracture to its right wing tip.

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Dickie then took the bird home where he and his wife Penny were able to nurse it back to full health over a seven-week period. It has now been released near to where it was found.

Just a few days later another colleague found an injured grass snake, believed to have a crushed skull, and again called upon Dickie to help out.

The grass snake was taken home and together with the help of friend and neighbour Mark Titterton, an experienced reptile handler, the grass snake has made a full recovery and as also now been released back into the wild.

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