SINGAPORE - An unexpected guest called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong this week: a barn owl.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening, Mr Lee announced the "surprise visitor".
"A beautiful barn owl had flown into the building overnight, and perched itself comfortably high out of reach," he quipped.
In the post, accompanied by a photograph taken by his security officer of the white-and-brown speckled owl , Mr Lee said that the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the Jurong Bird Park were called in.
The owl has since been captured and released unharmed behind Sri Temasek, the Prime Minister's official residence at the Istana. The Istana grounds are a green refuge for many species of birds and animals, he said.
"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 said in the post, which has garnered more than 24,000 likes.
The post has also attracted over 1,500 comments, with numerous people joking that Mr Lee must have received a message from Hogwarts, the fictional British school of magic in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
In the books, letters and parcels are delivered by owls from one wizard to another.