These baby Tawny owls, deserted by their true mother, who may have been killed on the roads, were rescued and brought back to health at a wildlife centre in Hampshire’s New Forest, UK. Part of their recovery process involved getting them used to a surrogate mother, in the shape of this large, stuffed toy owl!
This helped prevent the chicks getting used to human contact. All were later released successfully back into the wild.
Pic by Chris Balcombe