Environmental group, Parkscape have called on dog walkers to keep their dogs on a leash when visiting the Tokai Forest area after one of the famous owlet’s was found dead, covered in dog slobber.
According to Parkscape, Twitt’s body was found after an off-leash dog was seen harassing Twitt and Twoo, who ended up with serious injuries and was later removed and placed in an avian wildlife sanctuary and rehab centre.
“While we are extremely grateful to the vast majority of dog walkers who paid heed and cared enough to leash their dogs, it only takes one irresponsible person to result in an owlet’s death.
“This year Tokai Forest has lost its owls. It has lost its owls because a tiny minority are too irresponsible or uncaring to concern themselves with the well-being of nature,” Parkscape said.
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Parkscape went on to say that protecting nature in urban environments is a double-edged sword, which means respecting both nature and people equally.
“We are custodians of the environments in which we live. Let’s take that responsibility seriously and while accommodating human need, let’s also be mindful that humans need nature for our own health and well-being. The onus is on us the respect both our privileges and our responsibilities,” the group reiterated.
SANParks urges the public to respect the owls when visiting Tokai Forest