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PHOTO: Largest owl in the world missing in Cornwall

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:12pm 20th November 2018. (Updated at 4:03pm 20th November 2018)

The largest owl in the world is missing... in Cornwall.

Charlie is a European Eagle Owl and stands at about two and a half feet tall.

The bird has gone missing near Praze-an-Beeble and anyone who sees her is asked to get in touch.

She is brown in colour with large ear tufts and disappeared late on Monday night.

"She escaped from her home at Lower Cargenwen, Black Rock near Praze-an-Beeble late last night and we are desperate for news of her.

"Charlie the European Eagle Owl is about 2 1/2 ft tall with 'ear' tufts.

"Please get in touch with any sightings and share if you are local.

"Please message me or call 07967654206 if sighted. Thank you."

Evelyn Calvert, owner

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Charlie is missing in Cornwall - he is a European Eagle Owl which is the largest in the world

The largest species of owl in the world, the European eagle owl lives all over mainland Europe and is particularly concentrated in Scandinavia.

Formerly found in Britain, it has been absent here since the eighteenth century.

Like all woodland owls it has prominent tufts on its head. These are not ears, which like all owls are hidden openings in the downy feathers on the front of the face. Instead, the tufts possibly have a role in display and attracting a mate.

They can live up to 40 years in the wild, even longer in captivity.

Eagle owls are nocturnal and have excellent night vision and hearing to hunt in woodland areas at night.

Their diet is entirely meat, consisting mostly of mice, voles and rats but their tremendous size and power also means they are easily capable of taking rabbits or even small deer.

Source: British Wildlife Centre

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