Kothamangalam: Four owlets of a Barn Owl (Velli Moonga) which was brought to Thattekkad forest from Ernakulam were released into the forest the other day. The four young ones were found in a flat on a multi-storeyed building at Marine Drive 10 days back and was shifted to Thattekkad. The young ones were hatched just days back.

The people living in the flat were disturbed by the baby birds making constant sound as the adult bird abandoned them and left the place. They immediately informed the forest officials for help.

The birds were released into the forest under the supervision of researcher Dr R Sugathan.