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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rare Owl Consumed

LONDON () -- One of the world's rarest owls has ended up in the cooking pot of Nigerian villagers.

All that was left of the rufous fishing owl was its head, some feathers and a few bones, ornithologist Philip Hall told the African Bird Club in a forlorn fax.

Only about 30 sightings of the owl have ever been reported. Villagers were questioned about the owl. Hall reported, "It transpired immediately that not only were they familiar with the owl but one had been killed the previous evening and eaten that very morning."