Small, frazzled-looking owl outside NTU campus for 2 days was allegedly abandoned

Broadway is looking much better now.

Zhangxin Zheng | February 14, 04:11 pm


A frail-looking brown owl was found stranded outside the campus of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for two days before being rescued by Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) (Acres).

This is how it looked when it was initially found.

Photo by Acres.

When Acres found the owl, it looked ‘weak and dehydrated’ with its wings being clammy and clipped.

Acres suspected that the owl might be an abandoned pet.

The owl was very comfortable with people, which might be because it was hand-reared before being released to the wild.

Do note that it is illegal to keep owls as pets in Singapore.

Native owl species

This small brown owl is actually a Sunda Scops Owl, one of the most common native owl species in Singapore.

The owl usually stands about 23cm tall.

As the owls are nocturnal creatures and inhabit forested areas, it can be hard to spot them.


The owl has been under the care of Acres for the past week and it is looking much better now.

Photo by Acres.

According to the deputy chief executive officer, Kalai Vanan, the team is trying to train this poor owl, ‘Broadway’, to be independent, and get used to the outdoors again.

For now, we are trying to slowly introduce Broadway into our aviary for him/her to get used to the outdoors. Broadway currently takes food when offered in front of it. We are trying enrichment methods to encourage Broadway to seek and find its food on its own, which is a key factor for it to hunt by itself. We still have some way to go before Broadway’s feathers grow back to enable the small raptor to fly again. Ability to fly and instincts to locate prey by itself are two essential factors we are trying to encourage Broadway to do so at the moment.

Photo by Acres.

Hopefully, it will soon be ready to fend for itself in the wild.

In the post, non-profit Acres also called for donations to help their rescue efforts:

Here’s the text in the post:


Broadway, the sunda scops owl, was found by a student just outside the campus of Nanyang Technological University. 

The owl was apparently in the same spot for two days looking weak and dehydrated. After being examined at the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre, it can be presumed that Broadway may have been previously kept as a pet or hand reared and then released. After a week of treatment, she is looking much much better now. With rehabilitation in the works, we hope to return Broadway back to the wild where she truly belongs.

Please donate to fund our rescue efforts:give.asia/acreswildliferescue

Without government support, we need all the help we can get. Your donation qualifies for 250% tax exemption.


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About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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