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

Friday, November 16, 2012


"We have performed a post-mortem examination on Abe the bald eagle.
Based on the gross pathology, the ultimate cause of death appears to be stress-related, which is not terribly surprising seeing what he had been through.

However, a contributing factor appears to be that the distal bone fragment of the fractured femur split, causing the screws that held the bone plate to this area to loosen. This means that had he lived, he would have required a second more involved orthopedic procedure with a much worse prognosis, with the knowledge that if the fracture was not repairable, then the bird would have to have been euthanized.

It is considered inhumane to maintain a one-legged bird, particularly one of this size, in captivity, and federal law would have not have allowed it.

"We tried. I can't say that I'm not disappointed in the outcome.
He was an absolutely beautiful bird."

See the video HERE