February 28th, 2007


cute animals post (not all owls)

Baby animals (tigers, orang-utans) doing what they do best.

Did you see The Return of the Eagle Owl last night? The shots of the owl being intimidated by little baa-lambs were priceless. Too bad someone decided the female needed shooting. The BBC's invariable habit of referring to them as "killer owls which can attack dogs and deer" probably doesn't help ... timscience, this will tell you more about Eagle Owl ears.

Incidentally, I've been poking around for evidence that Eagle Owls eat (dogs and) cats. So far I've found one article in the New Statesman [link], but I'm disregarding it as it misidentifies Harry Potter's owl as an Eagle Owl when it's clearly a Snowy Owl. The Great Horned Owl very occasionally takes cats. There's some evidence that the Milky Eagle Owl (stop sniggering at the back there) eats feral cats in Africa. Then we hit the chatbords, and statements like "EOs are well known to eat cats in Norway" -- not substantiated by any actual reports I can find, though I suppose all the traumatised pet owners may be posting in Norweigan. A lot of the Scottish reports seem to come from one reported incident between two pets -- a terrier and an Eagle Owl. For the record, the dog was briefly lifted off the ground and suffered some scratches. Please go ahead and prove me wrong, but I'm finding no convincing evidence for poor ol' Bubo Bubo snacking on cats -- and strongly suspect that this may be a "fact" easily traced to the wild claims of macho owl-keepers. Another sad post-script -- the owl "sanctuary" featured in that article was later closed following a head-knocking scandal [link].

In summation, I was originally looking for good pictures of Eagle Owls. Oooh, this one's terrifying.

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