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Owl chick blends in with stuffed toys

Head keeper Trystan Williams said: “The little on is very sweet natured."

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Five-week-old Spectacle owl chick amongst stuffed owl toys at Scottish Owl Centre. (Katielee Arrowsmith via SWNS)

By Ellie Forbes via SWNS

This adorable owl chick blended in as it posed next to stuffed toys that looked just like it.

The five-week-old spectacled owl could barely be distinguished as real as it sat next to the toy owls.

The white fluff ball was bred at the Scottish Owl Centre and is already a hit with visitors.

The species is the only kind of owl to live permanently in the Amazon rainforest.

Five-week-old Spectacle owl chick amongst stuffed owl toys at Scottish Owl Centre. (Katielee Arrowsmith via SWNS)
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Keepers won’t know the sex of the owl until it’s fully grown at 12 weeks – but said it’s sweet natured and curious.

When it is older its white feathers will become dark with spectacle patterns around the eyes.

The owl's parents and brother, who was born in 2020, also live at the center.

Head keeper Trystan Williams, 50, said: “The little on is very sweet natured.

“It’s quite curious about the world but very gentle and chilled out.

Five-week-old Spectacle owl chick amongst stuffed owl toys at Scottish Owl Centre. (Katielee Arrowsmith via SWNS)

“It’s fine with people looking at it and getting used to being admired by the public already.

“Letting people see it will help it stay chilled out and make it the perfect owl ambassador.

“We wouldn’t know the sex until it's fully grown at 12 weeks.

“We would have to get a DNA test done or see how big it is as girls are usually bigger.

“They grow and change so quickly.

“Spectacle owls are from the Amazon - they are the biggest owl in the rainforest but they are declining in numbers.

“We have four spectacled owls at the centre now including this one's parents and big brother, who was born here in 2020."

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