A resident of Xiawen village, Hunan province delivered six rather distinctive looking baby owls to the local wildlife refuge center after spotting them on a road near a forest on Tuesday.
The nestlings were later identified as eastern grass owls , also know as Australian grass owls, which are found in India, Vietnam, Southeast China, Taiwan, Philippines, Sulawesi, Flores, Southeast New Guinea, Australia, New Caledonia and Fiji.
This rare species is under China’s Class II state protection and live in Anhui, Zhengjiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Fujian, Taiwan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunan provinces.
Once they get a little older, these six little guys will be released back into the wild and hopefully not find their way into a jar of baijiu.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via China News]