A BARN owl which was stolen by thieves in a break-in on Merseyside was found alive and well thanks to the ECHO.
A man in Kirkby, who wished to remain anonymous, said he found the bird after spotting an appeal by Lancashire Police in the ECHO last week.
The three-month-old bird, called Hedwig after the owl in the Harry Potter films, was taken in the early hours of Friday, September 14, from an aviary in the owner’s home in Great Altcar.
A set of golf clubs, which included several branded left-handed clubs and a bag, were also stolen as the offenders broke into an outbuilding at Hillhouse Farm on Wood Lane.
After a week of searching the young bird was returned to its rightful owners.
Danielle Perez said: “Everyone’s made up, we’re really pleased Hedwig has come home.”
Denise Perez, Danielle’s mum added: “We didn’t think Hedwig would come home. We’ve had no luck with the golf clubs but I’m not particularly bothered, I was more worried over the owl.
“The ECHO’s story last week helped a lot. We had a lot of phone calls with tips to the bird’s whereabouts.
“We even had a woman ring in the early hours one night about a bird on her window sill which was actually a wood pigeon.
“But even though it wasn’t our owl we were still really grateful and appreciate all the help everyone has given.
Denise added: “The owl wasn’t 100% when it came home as it still needed to be hand fed and probably wasn’t fed correctly by those who took it.”
West Lancashire Inspector Andy Willis said: “This is a treasured pet and I am glad we could assist in making sure this story got a happy ending.
“I would especially like to thank the ECHO whose appeal for information directly led to the finding of the owl.”