An owl has been airlifted to safety by helicopter after crash landing on an offshore platform in the North Sea.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity the Scottish SPCA’s  was contacted after the exhausted short eared owl was found on the platform on Wednesday.

The bird was flown by helicopter to Aberdeen along with the crew who were returning to the mainland. He was taken to the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Alloa, where staff will care for him until he is ready for release.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “The owl is doing great after his lengthy flight.

“He is waiting for a vet check before going out to our aviary and providing all is well he will be released within the next few weeks depending on weather conditions.

Chief Inspector John Carle said, “It was fantastic that the owl was able to ride in the helicopter with the crew and we would like to thank everyone for their assistance.

“This is not the first time this has happened. There have been previous instances where birds have landed on oil rigs and been brought over to the mainland.

“In June, a lost racing pigeon was rescued after crash landing 160 miles offshore.

“It’s great that there are people looking out for these birds.”