Rescuing owls can be hard, expensive work, so the Owl Rescue Centre has come up with a smart way to help feed their owls and get rid of pests at the same time.
Hartbeespoort, South Africa – Everybody gets freaked out when big creepy rats are found in their homes. Most people turn to poison to get rid of the problem, but this can be detrimental to owl populations. Poisoned rats cause deaths within owl populations, as well as other birds of prey.
The Owl Rescue Centre has come up with a solution that benefits both the people affected by rats and their rescued owls. They have created a unique rat trap that humanely traps the vermin, and then the centre can collect them and feed them to the recovering owls.
The traps are equipped with water and food so the rats can live in the traps while they await collection. The rescue centre plans to rent out the traps at a minimal monthly fee of R150.00 which will cover the expense of collecting them weekly. They have decided to attach the price as they do not wish to use any of the money donated for owl rescue towards the project.
“We need more rats. If you work for or run a company in Gauteng and you have some critters running around, call us. We supply traps and collect the live rats. They are super environmentally friendly and the best reason to never ever use poison again. Ari manages this project and you can get him on 079 321 6384 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The thousands of rats we catch every month are used to feed the hundreds of owls that we have in rehab at any one time. Without rats and without funding, we don’t exist. No rehab can exist without funding. And because we have no corporate funding, we run projects like this.”
We think this is such a smart way to not only manage rat populations but to also care for the environment and the owls at their centre. You can find out more about the innovative project via their Facebook page here.
This is just another example of how the rescue centre is playing its part in cleaning the environment of toxins and pollution! Great job team!