Snowy the owl meets his mate Alaska

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IT’S turning into quite a year for the Owls - and not just the footballing variety.

Snowy the male Snowy Owl has found himself a mate - a two-year-old feathered friend by the name of Alaska.

Now animal keepers at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre in North Anston, near Sheffield, are hoping the pair will settle in well together.

“Snowy sat literally open-beaked for several hours when Alaska first moved into his aviary,” said centre spokeswoman Heather Scott.

“There is always a risk introducing any animals together that they could show aggression towards each other, so we have provided extra food for them both, as competition for food is often a good enough reason for two animals to become hostile. .

“But it’s been a few days since Alaska’s arrival and we’re pleased to report the two look very settled in each other’s company already.”

Snowy was one of the centre’s first ever birds of prey, and now aged around 12, he is a firm favourite with visitors.

Visitors will be able to tell the difference between Snowy and Alaska quite easily.

Male Snowy Owls are almost totally white, whereas the females, who are also quite a bit larger than males, have black barring or scalloping on their feathers.