Adoption profile: Spotty

Adopting an animal is a fantastic way to support the work at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary.

Spotty came to the Wildlife Centre on 31 July 2015 after being found on the road in Lilongwe. A friend of the centre noticed that he couldn’t fly and that there were dogs around the area. They were worried that he would be eaten or killed by a car and so brought him to our sanctuary for assistance.

On closer inspection by our veterinarian it was discovered that Spotty has deformities in the bone structure in his wing and had a broken collar bone. These injuries make him unable to coordinate his wings to have a stable flight. Unfortunately, we have been unable to mend this injury so Spotty remains at the Wildlife Centre where he can be taken care of. He is a friendly owl and likes to watch people pass by.

Due to his injuries Spotty does not need a big aviary in which to fly. However, he does like to be high off the ground, from where he can observe his surroundings and feel safe from predators as would be necessary in the wild. Our volunteers have lovingly created a number of climbing structures for Spotty, including perches, beams and ladders up to his own elevated nest box. He is able to hop between these constructions to enjoy the full extent of his enclosure.

In 2016, Spotty’s enclosure received a further extension and makeover to enlarge his living space. Generously sponsored by the Olsen Family Trust, this has provided Spotty with a beautifully planted enclosure that is big enough for him to live out his days happily at the Wildlife Centre.

Spotty, our owl being rehabilitated
Spotty - owl with broken collar bone
Spotty the owl at LWC Summer 2019_LWC_sanctuary

Despite his lack of flight, Spotty is an inquisitive and adventurous owl. Spotty spends his days happily sat up high watching all the goings-on at the centre and always makes our team smile when suspiciously eyeing them up whilst feeding the other animals.

Spotty’s accommodating nature also meant we were able to give him some temporary flatmates over the last festive break – in the shape of 15 tortoises! They were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade – there were being sold to restaurants – and rehabilitated with Spotty for over a month before being released in different parks once the rains started. Spotty is probably secretly grateful to have his space back! 

To give Spotty a £25 sponsorship for one year, please click donate below.