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Baby owls cuddle up to toy mother

A group of orphaned baby owls are being taken under the wing of a new mother - which happens to be a cuddly toy.

The toy is being used at the New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park to give four tawny owls a surrogate family.

The quartet all cuddle under the wings of the stuffed toy, which has been mother to another two orphans who have since been moved on to an outside pen.

John Crooks, manager of the park at Longdown, said he did not think it was unusual to use a toy as a surrogate.

"It's a standard thing really. The baby owls are like most young animals and like to cuddle against something soft and warm.

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