Visit from the owl: Barn owl flies into PM Lee's office again

The barn owl perched near the ceiling of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's office. PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A barn owl that made a surprise visit to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's office at Sri Temasek nearly two years ago was back again on Monday (Oct 5).

Mr Lee posted a Facebook photo he took of the furry visitor, perched on a ledge near the ceiling, at 12.48pm. The post has since received nearly 15,000 likes.

"The owl came to visit us again today. Maybe he is taking shelter from the haze," PM Lee wrote.

On Nov 20, 2013, what appeared to be the same owl had flown into the building overnight, and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and Jurong Bird Park were enlisted to help catch it.

It was released back into the wild, behind Sri Temasek.

Mr Lee shared then that the Istana grounds were a green refuge for many species of birds and animals.

"We should preserve and create many such green spaces all over our island, so that in our urban environment we can enjoy the natural flora and fauna of Singapore," he added.

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