Two young owls found under the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury – one during Guns N’ Roses’ headline set – have been named after members of the rock band.
The team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR) in Somerset said the recovery was “the most unusual disturbance case” this year.
According to the rescuers, one of the owls, which has been named Axl after the band’s vocalist Axl Rose, was discovered under the steps of the prestigious Pyramid Stage during the rock group’s set on Saturday 24 June.
The next day, SWWR received a call about a second owl found under the stage.
It was called Slash in honour of guitarist Saul Hudson’s stage name.
Axl and Slash, who are thought to be siblings, were quickly reunited at the RSCPA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton before being transferred to SWWR.
It is thought the chicks were abandoned by their parents and it is not known how long they were left alone, although SWWR believes they were exposed to loud music.
David Plant, fundraising manager at SWWR, was worried for the young owls’ safety, saying they “must have been terrified”, but expressed his gratitude to the people who helped find the chicks.
He said: “When Guns N’ Roses were playing Welcome To The Jungle, I’m sure they didn’t realise how close they actually were to wildlife.
“This is possibly the most unusual disturbance case we’ve heard about this year, but it just goes to show the importance of checking your surrounding for wildlife before any activity.
“It looks like the parents sadly abandoned their nest once festival preparation began, so it’s difficult to say how long the chicks were left alone.”
He added that they must have been “terrified after enduring almost two full days of loud music”.
Mr Plant urged people to check long-standing structures or materials for any wildlife and avoid disturbing nests.
Typically, owls are cavity-nesting species and prefer making homes in old trees, though some have been known to nest in rabbit holes and man-made boxes.
For these little owls, it seems the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury made for an ideal nesting spot, despite the booming music.
Mr Plant said the pair are safe and well in the SWWR aviary and were “pleased” to be reunited.