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Weltevreden Park Primary bids farewell to Winter and Twiglet

Learners, parents and community members recently gathered at Weltevreden Park Primary School to say goodbye to the school’s pair of owls, Winter and Twiglet.

The school welcomed the two baby barn owls in the beginning of June, after a learner, Josephine Baxter, won an Ecosolutions competition that gave her school the opportunity to look after and release the owls.

The owls were finally released early in the morning on 2 July. Spectators found a spot some distance from the release pen to watch the owls without disturbing them.

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Josephine put some food on the roof of the pen and blew a whistle to let the owls know the food was there, and then opened the door. She was instructed to follow this procedure when the owls were delivered to the school, so that they would begin to associate the whistle with food.

Learners Josephine Baxter and Kiara van der Schyff visited the cage after the owls left.

The first owl was quite cautious and took about 20 minutes to come out of the box inside the release pen. However, it eventually jumped to the floor and walked out of the door. Once out, the owl tested its wings a little before it flew back down and sat on the roof of the pen to wait for the other owl.

The second owl was even more cautious and took about 40 minutes to leave but flew straight out of the cage.

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“Both of them then showed off to us by flying around the school while they got used to it. We had a nice crowd and we all enjoyed some coffee and hot chocolate afterwards,” said Josephine’s mother, Aimee.

She added it was a special moment to see the owls off after the hard work of looking after them and she hopes they settle in the suburb.

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Amy Ingram
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