DOUGAL, one of Monkey Haven's beautiful snowy owls, has died at the age of 25.

He was popular with the younger visitors to the attraction, as he looked like Hedwig, the snowy owl in Harry Potter.

He was bright white, as Arctic owls get whiter as they get older, and Dougal had reached a good age.

Monkey Haven announced yesterday: "This morning brings some incredibly sad news.

"Dougal our gorgeous snowy owl has passed away. He reached an amazing 25 years old.

"Dougal was the most laid-back, gentle soul and he will be missed here at the haven, not only by his keepers but also his beautiful wife, Wilma.

"RIP Dougal. We love you."