Life's a hoot when you've got a parliament of 'comical' owl chicks
Owls are turning heads for more than one reason at a zoo – as there has been an unexplained rise in chicks.
Staff at Screech Owl Sanctuary in Mid-Cornwall are baffled by the sudden boom.
They have hatched species of owl that the sanctuary's staff have never managed before.
The first Malaysian brown wood owl has been born at the centre, and it has been six years since a rufous-legged owl was conceived and 15 since a snowy owl was born.
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Oscar is two weeks old and often referred to as "the ugly duckling" due to his jet black fur. However, this will eventually blossom into beautiful white feathers.
Sanctuary owner Carolyn Screech said she had been taken aback by the series of unnatural events.
She said: "There is no real reason for the baby boom – it's just been a very lucky year.
"Nature has its mysterious ways and it just happened. We are all over the moon and touch wood it stays like this."
Breeding seasons for owls vary depending on the species, according to Ms Screech, but usually it will be from April to June.
Last year, the sanctuary suffered from an appalling breeding season. Ms Screech said: "It was a late season and not many babies survived."
However, with every bad comes a good and the young owls are now on display for all to see. They are described as being rather comical as they discover the new world they have been brought into.