A much cleaner owl after a bath at the RSPCA.

A young tawny owl found covered in engine owl is making a good recovery after being given a potentially life-saving bath.

It’s thought the wild bird got into difficulty when it fell into an old feed trough and a thick layer of oil covered its feathers.

The small female owl was admitted to the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre last Thursday and vets deemed her fit enough to be given a good wash.

Staff used regular washing up liquid to remove the sticky oil and  the owl is on the road to recovery.

The centre, in Station Road, is fundraising for a new birds of prey aviary.

Sue Levings, wildlife administrator at the centre, said: “This poor owl had really been through the wars. She was covered in thick engine oil from head to toe when she came in.

“Luckily, apart from the thick coating on she feathers, she seems quite well. She is eating and is bright so we are hoping that after a second wash she will be on the road to recovery.

“She is looking much better now and seems much happier now that she is cleaner.

“We are hoping she will make a full recovery so we can release her back into the wild in the coming weeks.”

Anyone interested in fundraising for the centre can email eastwinch@rspca.org.uk or call 0300 1230709.