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Cute Owl Bobs and Hoots (Video)

This owl has the biggest eyes, the smallest head, and the cutest hoot! Watch this little owl hang out and get an enjoyable pat on the head.

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5:22AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

clever,thank you for sharing

2:47AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thanks

10:45AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Owls are the Taj.

9:52AM PDT on May 30, 2013

That was more like a 'meaow!'

9:13PM PDT on May 26, 2013

Very cute owl. I have a great horned owl that sits on my neighbors roof and looks into my backyard where my cats are. They have a cattery in my backyard and when I first discovered the owl, I immediately put a lid on the cattery for their safety. Have not lost a cat. The cats can go in and out of the house but spend most of their time in the cattery, which takes up most of the backyard.

2:13PM PDT on May 26, 2013

I promised the story behind my encounter with Gandalf the owl.

No-one knows the story behind the bird in this video, and we don't even know if he's in the US or not. Linda told us plenty about owls in educational programmes in the States. I discovered why owls like this are in captivity here in the UK.

Owls are apparently very easy to breed in aviaries, to the point where there are release programmes for species that have become rare in the wild, if there is good safe habitat to release them into. And if the habitat is threatened, the more aviary birds there are in the right hands, the less the risk of inbreeding, so the species has the best possible chance in the wild if release becomes possible in the future.
 
Trouble is, some greedy irresponsible breeders don't check what sort of homes the birds they breed go to. I believe it is illegal to own a pet owl in the US, but very sadly not here. Oh dear... some idiots need throttling (understatement!)... I simply cannot imagine how anyone can buy any kind of animal without first finding out how to care for it!!!

2:11PM PDT on May 26, 2013

So that's where the people with this owl came in. They run a rescue centre, and all the owls I saw on their stand at the county show had been rehabilitated. They were all exotic owls, so even if they could fly well and catch their own prey it would be illegal to release them into the wild, .
 
Instead these owls were doing a wonderful PR job for owls in general. In return for an opportunity to hold an owl on a gloved fist, you made a donation towards the rescue and upkeep of these birds, and learned a lot about owls. From late morning to mid-afternoon, the queue at the stand was huge, far more so than with stands where owls sit on perches away from people. So many children must have learned so much, and been filled with enthusiasm!!!! I doubt that getting so close to owls encouraged irresponsible owl-keeping, because people learned so much about their proper care.
 
During the course of the day I actually had four owls on my hand to pet. My favourite was an Indian Collared Scops Owl, a little mite called Gandalf because he'd tried to see off an Alsatian/Great Dane cross! There was an equally tiny Tropical Screech Owl called Aqua, and a Whitefaced Scops Owl called Casper because he looked a bit like a ghost, also a larger South American owl whose name I forget.

2:10PM PDT on May 26, 2013

The owls were handed to you on a falconer's glove, with a tether for practical reasons. All of them enjoyed a lot of gentle stroking - they could have flown off my hand if they hadn't enjoyed it, and then been given a rest at the back of the stand. None of them seemed to need a rest - they were up for more petting and stroking!
 
In a perfect world we would never interfere with a species' habitat, and there would be no captive owls except for injured birds needing rehabilitation, or being permanently housed if they couldn't recover well enough to live in the wild. In the world we live in, it's really encouraging that owls breed well enough for release programmes when the habitat is right; but restrictions on breeding should be tightened so only trained breeders participating in these programmes could own owls. The owners of these birds described the training they had undergone. So long as anyone can own an owl, even the terminally ignorant, they are doing a great job with their rescue work, with subsequent PR at shows!

2:37AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Cute

1:18PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thais happened to me today! :-D But I stroked the lovely little bird for rather longer! :-D I've had a very long day so I'll tell you the ins and outs of how I came to meet this owl (and some of his friends) later.

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