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Act of kindness by wildlife volunteer is heartwarming

Editor's Viewpoint

In the modern world, where the pace of life is relentless and people seem to have less and less time to care about anyone or anything but themselves, our story of the passionate volunteer who spent time feeding a pair of breeding barn owls through the harsh winter makes the heart leap with joy.

His efforts were rewarded in spades when he recently spotted for the first time five owlets in the nest. This is the biggest brood recorded here and a welcome boost to the numbers of this endangered species, which has only three active nesting sites in Northern Ireland. It was a simple act of kindness, but so few of us follow that example even to help our fellow humans.

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