A young owl got a second chance at life after it was rescued out of a 40 meter deep well in Bad Segeberg in northern Germany.
Bad Segeberg is known for the Kalkberg ‘mountain’; a 100 meter gypsum rock on top of which is perched the remains of a ruined medieval castle.
From thereon, an amazing emergency rescue effort got underway. It involved 12 fire-fighters, six volunteers, and a couple of staff from a nearby bat center.
A camera probe was first entered into the well to determine the exact problem. The owl was spotted and a sack containing food was lowered down in order to try and catch the bird.
When it was also established that the air supply was poor, the fire department pumped oxygen into the well.
Finally, with all options exhausted as the bird refused to take the bait in the sack, it was left to a brave abseiler to be lowered down into the well.
Fortunately, the rescue went smoothly and the owl was captured and handed into the bat sanctuary for rehabilitation.
There is little left of the castle today, which existed as far back as the 13th century. Today there are walks up to the summit of Kalkberg from where tourists can enjoy the view. It’s also known for its bat caves.
Image Credit: Freiwillige Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg