As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 18 April 2014

CRUELTY TO BIRDS: Owl would you like it? Terrified bird who got stage fright on 'cruel' Britain's Got Talent

Rocky the eagle own performed during Birmingham live audition
His terrified appearance has seen RSPCA criticise the show
More than 11m saw Rocky on stage on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 22:30, 13 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:57, 14 April 2014

Frozen on the spot amid booming music and dazzling lights, an apparently terrified owl has to be coaxed to perform on Britain’s Got Talent.

Rocky the eagle owl’s stressed appearance during live auditions has left the ITV show facing accusations of animal cruelty.

The RSPCA said it was ‘very disappointed’ that producers had subjected the bird to the ordeal, while scores of viewers criticised the decision.

More than 11million saw Rocky nervously take to the noisy, theatrically lit stage shortly after the episode started on Saturday night.

Owner Andrew Charlton led the owl out in front of apparatus usually used by dogs in agility contests before the judges, led by Simon Cowell, and a theatre audience of 2,000.

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