KUCHING, 3 JANUARY 2020 – A rare owl has been rescued by SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) after it was found weak and unable to move in Piasau Nature Reserve.
On 17 December 2019, our ranger discovered a barred eagle owl and brought it to House 58 for rehabilitation. After 3 weeks of tender loving care by our ranger, the owl has started its recovery. Currently the owl was still improving before releasing it back to the forest.
According to our ranger, it had likely been illegally kept and abandoned by irresponsible owner. SFC urges the public to notify/inform SFC staff before surrender the wildlife, rather than dump it in the forest.
Barred eagle-owl is a protected species under Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998 whereby killing, keeping, selling, buying the animal or its derivatives are prohibited by the law. If found guilty, the perpetrator can be jailed for one year and fined RM10,000.
Members of the public can lodge a report with SFC if they find anyone hunting, capturing, killing, trading, keeping as pets, importing or exporting of protected wildlife. SFC hotlines at 0168565564/0198859996 (Kuching), 0198883561 (Sibu), 0198223449/0198332737 (Bintulu) and 0198290994/0189799778 (Miri).