Friends - owl trying to feed cat
I am from South Africa and about 4 years ago made friends with a spotted eagle owl that showed up on our farm (most probably it was rehabilitated
The owl got injured and I kept it inside for a couple of months until it was well again. During this time our one old cat found out that no other cats are allowed in my study where I kept the owl and she moved
in. I allowed this because she has never in her life caught a bird or mouse and was not interested in the owl at all.
During this period the owl got used to her and they regularly ate steak out of my hand together.
Once the owl was OK again I let it out, but it now comes and sleeps inside during the day, hunting freely at night. At the moment I have another injured owl that he adopted and feeds regularly (about 2 rats an evening).
other night I was working late in my study when the owl came in with a rat. I presumed that he was going to feed it to the injured owl, but much to my surprise he flew towards the cat that was sitting on the sofa and tried offering the rat to her. Fortunately
I was lucky enough to be able to take a couple of pictures which I include here.
I could only find one other instance where an owl befriended a cat, but I could nowhere find a
picture or anything about an owl bringing a mouse or rat to a cat. Unfortunately for the owl, the cat just sniffed at the rat as she has never eaten something like that before. The owl is aggressive towards all other cats and will even swoop down and
attack them if they come too close to his nesting box in the tree. He, however, accepts this cat even near his nesting box.
What makes my owl
so interesting to me is that it is free to come and go as it pleases and lives as close to a natural life as possible. I have in no way tried to train him or force myself onto him and everything that he does comes natural.
I am not in favour of keeping birds, or any other animal for that matter, caged up and release all injured birds if at all possible.
Iemand het vir my hierdie pragtige storie gestuur. Weet ongelukkig nie wie dit geskryf het en wie die eienaar van die uil is nie.