SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cute owl video goes viral, but don't get one as a pet

 TNT ONLINE Magazine - UK News
A video showing an owl being petted at a falconry event in Biassono, near Milan, Italy, has gone viral. But don’t go getting one as a pet!

The video shows an undeniably cute owl closing its eyes as it is stroked on the head. More than three million people have watched the clip on Youtube, spewing forth a torrent of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.

“Actually a lot of birds are cuddly. I love the video. So adorable,” says one Youtube viewer.

However, animal protection organization warn that owls are wild birds and not suitable to keep as pets.

The Harry Potter films made popular the idea of keeping owls at home. But the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( has urged people not to buy birds as pets or toys.
RSPCA spokeswoman Lucy Clark told the BBC:

"We have had inquiries from people wanting owls - snowy owls in particular such as the one featured in the film.

"We are concerned by the surge in demand for owls because we don't think they make suitable pets. By their nature they are shy and reclusive birds, preferring to spend time in secluded places."

The charity also pointed out that the birds can grow up to two feet tall with a six-foot wingspan. They may also be noisy and can cause injury with their sharp talons.
And here’s what the Barn Owl Trust ( say:

“We do not consider that Barn Owls make good pets. Feathers are not designed for stroking - it reduces their natural waterproofing.”

What do you think? Is it OK to keep birds captive for our own enjoyment?