Young owls rescued after being trapped under Glastonbury stage
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Two baby owls have been rescued after being found under the infamous Glastonbury pyramid stage during Guns N Roses’ headline performance.
As it turns out, the two are actually big fans of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’.
Manchester Evening News reported the owls had been trapped under the stage for two whole days while being exposed to blasting music.
The team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR), an animal charity in Somerset, described the incident as ‘the most unusual disturbance case’ they have handled this year, according to the outlet.
Rescuers revealed that one of the owls had been named Axl after the band's vocalist Axl Rose after being found trapped on the stairs on the stage.
The following day, the nature charity received a call about a second owl that was trapped as well.
Naturally, this owl was named Slash in honour of the legendary band’s guitarist.
The charity said that Axl and Slash are believed to be siblings and have since been reunited at the RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton before being transferred to SWWR.
They added that the chicks reportedly were abandoned by their parents before paying a visit to the Scottish music festival.
David Plant, fundraising manager at SWWR, said that while he was concerned for their safety, the owls are recovering well.
"When Guns N' Roses were playing 'Welcome To The Jungle,' I'm sure they didn't realize how close they actually were to wildlife. This is possibly the most unusual disturbance case we've heard about this year, but it just goes to show the importance of checking your surroundings for wildlife before any activity,” he said in a statement.
Plant added that no matter the activity, ‘whether you’re renovating a garden or setting up for the world’s biggest musical festival’ carefully respect long-standing materials before moving anything to prevent damaging a nest.
“It looks like the parents sadly abandoned their nest once festival preparation began, so it’s difficult to say how long the chicks were left alone. We’re so grateful to the people who found and helped them; they must have been terrified after enduring almost two full days of loud music,” he added.
Hopefully, the owls are all well and good by the time Coachella rolls around.