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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Who's NOT a pretty boy!!!

He has a face that only a mother could love.

But sadly for poor Nelson, his didn't.

The parrot chick, who must surely be a contender for the ugliest bird in the world, was rejected by his parents after he hatched.
He was the only one of three eggs laid by his mother to survive and hatch.
As such, the youngster is now being cared for around the clock by staff and spent the first four weeks of his life in an incubator.

Nelson, who has been described as looking like a cross between an alien and a roast chicken, was born last month at Bergzoo in Germany.
However, he can at least take some comfort in the knowledge that he will one day grow up to be an attractive Kea parrot, like the one shown above.
Nelson will eventually blossom and be Ugly no longer!