He may never be able to fly again - but his story has touched hearts across the globe.
The plight of Rocky the owl has led to a flurry of adoption offers, and donations to the reward fund to hunt down his sadistic tormentors.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that a cash reward of £800 is now being offered to help find the cruel gang who are believed to have tortured the tiny owl almost to death.
The poor creature had been strung from a tree in a public park in Sherburn-in-Elmet, twine wrapped around its wing and the bird spun round and round until the string cut through its wing and into the flesh.
Rescued by a walker, the animal was taken in by Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation, but was so badly injured that it was feared he would have to be put down.
However Annette Pyrah, from the charity, said he has now made a miracle recovery - leading him to being named ‘Rocky’ by staff.
“He’s doing well and his wound has healed nicely,” she said.
“We have named him Rocky because he is such a fighter and a survivor.
“Time will tell if he can fly again.
“We have had several offers of a home for him. It’s not ideal to take him out of the wild, but maybe he could be taken around schools to educate children.”
Offers to adopt Rocky, and contributions to his reward fund, have flooded in after the story spread quickly on social networking sites.. Among those touched by Rocky’s story was Jan Downs, who contacted the YEP from the USA after seeing the story featured. And Mark Baddon, who keeps aviary birds, said he was “disgusted” by the actions of the culprits and “would like to offer this unfortunate a home”.
Ms Pyrah said Rocky will still need a lot care and welcomes donations to the charity, which would contribute to the care of Rocky and other animals who are suffering.
Visit: www.selbywildlife.co.uk. Call police via 101 if you can help find the culprits.