A tawny owl had his feathers ruffled after getting covered in soot when he fell down a Chimney.
The wild bird had to be scrubbed down by RSPCA staff after falling out of the chimney stack completely covered in soot.
Now the juvenile owl is undergoing rub downs twice-a-day to try to remove the layers of soot and dust in his feathers.
The unexpected visit from the owl took place at a workshop in Sheffield, South Yorks., on Tuesday morning before it was freed.
He was then looked after by staff and volunteers at RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District branch before being transferred to the charity’s wildlife centre in Cheshire for specialist care.
Manager at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre Lee Stewart said: “This poor fella was covered in soot from head to toe when he was rescued.
“We have been brushing him down twice a day to try to get the dirt off. We can’t give him a bath to remove it as it would damage his feathers so it is safer and better for him if we can get it all off by brushing the dirt out wearing rubber gloves. It is more of a dry-clean process.
“We have been getting as much out as we can on a daily basis and it is working. He is looking and appearing much brighter than when he came in.”
The owl is also being treated for an eye infection and as soon as this has cleared up and he is given the all clear by vets he will be released back into the wild.
The RSPCA is a charity relies on public donations to exist. Anyone who would like to support the vital work of Stapeley Grange can text RSPCA2 to 70007’ Texts cost #3 plus standard network rate.