Orphaned barn owls ready to fly from Sequim center

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SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) -- Eight orphaned barn owls are ready to fly from the Raptor and Wildlife Center at Sequim (skwim).

The owlets were brought from three different nests in April and May and raised with the help of two surrogate mother owls that live at the center.

The Peninsula Daily News reports an older, ninth owl, has already been released. The remaining orphans will take off in coming weeks in what the center calls a "soft release." The birds are allowed to come and go until they acclimate to life in the wild.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com