Owl Breaks Into Couple's Birdcage, Kills Canary
Apartment was on 10th floor; second canary survives
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2014 11:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – An owl flew into a 10th story apartment in Coeur d'Alene, apparently opened a bird cage, and killed one of two canaries inside. Sue Sausser says she awakened Sunday to find bird droppings and feathers all over her apartment, the Coeur d'AlenePress reports. Sausser found the brownish, yellow-eyed owl between the wall and the chest of drawers on which the bird cage sits. It flew out the door and perched on their balcony railing long enough for them to take a few pictures. Don Sausser estimates the owl was 6 to 8 inches tall.

Sue and Don Sausser found one of their canaries dead in the cage. The other seemed jumpy and anxious, they say. An Idaho state wildlife expert says it's strange that an owl would be flying so high in an area without many tall trees and surprising that it would enter a residence, much less open a bird cage. "That is very unusual," she adds. Don Sausser said they'll likely still leave their sliding glass door open on warm summer evenings, but plan to use twist ties to secure the door on the bird cage.

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Aug 19, 2014 6:43 PM CDT
canary found dead in the cage. The other seemed jumpy and anxious, they say. 'cos the Soprano owl that carried out the hit said: 'If ya know what's fvckin' good for ya, you'll keep your fvckin' beak shut - or you'll get the same as what your buddy got. The li'l yellow fvck had it fvckin' comin' to him for singin' like a fvckin' canary.
Aug 19, 2014 4:15 PM CDT
* is disappointed to find not one single Futurama reference in the previous comments
Aug 19, 2014 1:56 PM CDT
Angry Bird.