Andrey wanted to put his head inside to see what it was but I didn´t think it was a good idea. Maybe it was a snake or a three eyed monster. He took my advice and opted for a mirror to have a better look. It was too dark and he couldn´t see anything.Then we took a stick and gently felt our way up the chimney. But the hissing sound just became louder and more angrier. We backed off.
I came up with the plan to make a small fire, not to roast the poor thing, but to smoke it out. Nothing!
We gave up. After a while we went back upstairs and then I saw it! Standing on the floor was a baby owl! It had the most beautiful, big eyes and he puffed his feathers and screeched at us as we got close.
Eventually Andrey got close enough and gently let him into the box. He was the most adorable thing but they belong in nature. We set him free.
Immediately he flew away and sat on a pole looking at us. Almost like he was saying thank you.
We often see him here at the Hostel. He hasn´t grown much bigger - our little owl in the chimney!