MIRI: The Sarawak Forestry Corporation enforcement unit has rescued a rare owl that was used as a display trophy at the entrance of a sundry shop here.
The raid and rescue was carried out on Monday (Oct 28) at the premises that is also a wholesale supplier.
The sundry shop owners had tied the owl to a steel bar using wires to chain its leg and placed it at the entrance of the shop.
“The successful rescue of the beautiful owl was made following information received by SFC in a public tip-off.
“We are investigating where the shop owners got the owl from,” said SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton.
He told The Star on Wednesday (Oct 29) that the rescued owl have been sent to the Piasau Nature Park in Miri for health checks.
It will then be sent to the Matang Wildlife Sanctuary in Kuching for eventual release into the national park nearby, he said.
Zolkipli thanked members of the public for their cooperation that have enabled many successful raids and rescue of wildlife throughout Sarawak in recent months.
He said the public can give information to SFC via its hotlines and email, all of which can be found on its Facebook and website.
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