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'Adorable' Owl Didn't Need People Anymore

Tuesday night release was a success

(Newser) - A tiny owl is back in the wild after an eventful two weeks that included a trip to Manhattan and a sojourn in a wildlife center where she was given all the mice she could eat. Rocky, an adult female saw-whet owl, was found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree...

The 'Adorable Owl' Is Dining Before Release

The Saw-whet owl was rightly dubbed Rockefeller

(Newser) - A tiny owl that was found dehydrated and hungry in the branches of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is eating its way back to good health and is set to be released back into the wild Saturday. The adult male Saw-whet owl was dubbed Rockefeller after it was discovered Monday...

Adorable Owl Rescued From Less-Adorable Rockefeller Tree

Speaking of the tree, it should look fine once a bit of time passes

(Newser) - The sad-looking Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will look much better once all its branches settle back into place, the experts assure us —and in the meantime, there's a much better-looking one-time inhabitant of the tree you can focus your attention on. A teeny-tiny owl was rescued after three...

Owl Is Well After Dramatic Rescue
Owl Is Well After
Dramatic Rescue

Owl Is Well After Dramatic Rescue

Hooting was heard from bottom of well at old castle

(Newser) - All's well that ends well—and a young owl is well after the end of its ordeal in a well in a ruined 12th-century castle in Germany. Authorities in Bad Segeberg say a 3.5-hour rescue operation involving around 20 people was launched Saturday after hoots of distress were...

Thousands of Owls Killed in Controversial US Experiment

The federal government has been trying to save the northern spotted owl for decades

(Newser) - As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at...

Driver Thought 'Dazed' Owl Was Injured. Apparently, It Wasn't

Game and Fish had to get involved to help trapped motorist in Arizona

(Newser) - "Don't risk getting hurt aiding injured wildlife" was the gentle warning posted on Twitter on Tuesday by Arizona's Game and Fish Department, a warning prompted by an incident this week between a kindhearted motorist and a stubborn owl. The Arizona Republic expands on the story, which involved...

Mechanic Finds Friendly Owl During Oil Change

They've named it Shazam

(Newser) - A routine oil change has turned into an unusual owl sighting for a car owner in New Hampshire Friday. The police department in Salem says a mechanic popped the hood of a car and found an Eastern Screech owl sitting on the engine. The department said the car owner had...

Owls in Canada Are Attacking Dogs
Owls in Canada
Are Attacking Dogs

Owls in Canada Are Attacking Dogs

Last week, two pooches lost eyes

(Newser) - Advice for small dogs in Canada who spot an owl: Run and hide, quickly. The CBC reports on an unusual spate of attacks in the Edmonton area, the last two of which resulted in dogs losing an eye. In those cases, involving a Shih Tzu mix and a Havanese, the...

Harry Potter Mania Is Putting Wild Owls at Risk in Asia

Demand for pet 'Hedwigs' has spiked illegal trade

(Newser) - Families looking to bring the magic of Harry Potter into their homes are causing major problems among wild owls in Asia. A paper chronicling this phenomenon as the “Harry Potter effect” traces the rise in the illegal owl trade since the boy wizard’s film debut, reports the Guardian ...

No Joke: New Signs at Park Warn of Angry Owls

Oregon takes Rachel Maddow's suggestion to heart

(Newser) - MSNBC host Rachel Maddow inspired Oregon's capital to post new warning signs in a park where four runners reported attacks from an angry owl likely defending its nest against perceived threats. One jogger, a surgeon, said the owl hit him twice in Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, and...

Jogger's Scalp Punctured by Owl

Ron Jaecks thought it was a mugger, or an aneurysm

(Newser) - Ron Jaecks thought he was being attacked by a person, or possibly that he was having a stroke or an aneurysm. But the truth turned out to be much stranger. The Oregon man was jogging in a local park around 5:15am Tuesday when his stocking cap was pulled off...

Paraglider Charged With Harassing Owl

Former TV pitchman in Utah allegedly kicked one

(Newser) - A paraglider accused of chasing and kicking a barn owl is looking at possible jail time and six-figure fines as a result, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The accused, Dell Schanze, was allegedly featured in a since-deleted YouTube video showing off his owl-harassing ways. Federal wildlife officials weren't amused,...

Owl Breaks Into Couple's Birdcage, Kills Canary

Apartment was on 10th floor; second canary survives

(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...

New Owl Species Hid Under Experts' Noses for 100 Years

O. jolandae thought to be another species, ID'd by its hoot

(Newser) - Researchers have identified a new owl species—improbably, more than 100 years after it was first discovered, reports Wired . The Rinjani scops owl, from the Indonesian island of Lombok, was thought to be a member of Otus magicus since 1896, when a British naturalist collected several specimens. But a visiting...

Soccer Player Kills Rivals' Owl Mascot

Rival player kicks bird off pitch during Colombian match

(Newser) - Turns out that kicking an opposing team's mascot wasn't such a great idea: A Colombian soccer player who booted his opponents' lucky owl may face a fine and possibly even prison time after the creature died. The bird had wandered onto the field and been struck by a ball, at...

Climate Change May Doom Gray Owl
 Climate Change 
 May Doom Gray Owl 
study says

Climate Change May Doom Gray Owl

As winters warm, brown owls taking over: study

(Newser) - Here's a real-world change being chalked up to climate change: The number of brown owls is increasing as the number of gray owls decreases, say Finland researchers. Gray plumage is normally a dominant trait in winter climes, possibly because snow makes brown owls more visible to predators, the BBC explains....

Harry Potter Owl Demand Threatens Birds

Not so magical for smuggled creatures

(Newser) - Harry Potter has made owls so popular that bird smuggling is on the rise, threatening the survival of the unusual creatures in India. "Following Harry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls," said India's Environmental...

China Uses 'the Pill' to Stop Gerbil Overpopulation

Officials hide contraceptive meds in gerbil feed

(Newser) - Chinese officials have resorted to contraceptive pills to control the exploding gerbil population threatening a fragile desert ecosystem, the BBC reports. The government is placing feed pellets mixed with the medication by the gerbils’ burrows, which damage the roots of what plants survive there. Authorities have tried measures to boost...

Hoot Now, or Forever Hold Your Peace

Latest UK wedding fad: owl serving as ring-bearer

(Newser) - It’s the wedding stunt of Ron and Hermione’s dreams: an owl ring-bearer. The Guardian reports on the latest nuptial essential in a look at a British handler who has trained "Ollie" to land on the best man’s gloved arm at the sound of a whistle, carrying...

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