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Owl feared stolen from 2Wit 2Woo rescue centre in Aberdeenshire

Image caption Minstrel is described as a "much-loved little guy"

An owl has gone missing - and suspected to have been stolen - from a bird rescue centre in Aberdeenshire.

Minstrel, a white faced scops owl, vanished from the 2Wit 2Woo sanctuary near Huntly.

Patricia Downie, who helps run the centre, told the BBC Scotland news website: "It appears he's been selectively taken.

"There are three other birds in the shed, which was locked, and his whole caboodle has gone with him."

Minstrel disappeared between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

'He is priceless'

He is described as a "much-loved little guy".

Mrs Downie said: "He will be three this year. We have had him since he was a few weeks old.

"People love him for his intense orange eyes.

"Minstrel is probably worth a few hundred pounds - but to us he is priceless.

"Hopefully if anyone is offered an owl fitting the description they will get in touch with us."

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