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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:33 PM

Photos: Owl and Dog Bond Together





If “Harry Potter” comes to mind at the sight of this barn owl perched on a dog’s shoulders, you’re not alone. We felt a very magical vibe from the photos of these two best friends and while the dog’s name isn't Harry, it still has a very wizardly namesake — Merlin!

According to Rex Features, Willow and Merlin became fast friends three months ago when the owl’s daily exercise was combined with the dog’s walk. Now the unlikely pair are a familiar sight at the Pen y Bryn Falconry centre in North Wales.

http://animaltracks.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/27/11431292-magical-mates-owl-hitches-a-ride-on-dogs-back?lite

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Reply Photos: Owl and Dog Bond Together (Original post)
joeybee12 Apr 2012 OP
Gold Metal Flake Apr 2012 #1
larkrake Apr 2012 #6
DCKit Apr 2012 #2
The Wizard Apr 2012 #11
Politicalboi Apr 2012 #3
Bigmack Apr 2012 #4
Polly Hennessey Apr 2012 #5
Rex Apr 2012 #7
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #8
freshwest Apr 2012 #9
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2012 #10
-..__... Apr 2012 #13
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2012 #15
happerbolic Apr 2012 #12
-..__... Apr 2012 #14
Doremus Apr 2012 #16
happerbolic Apr 2012 #17
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2012 #19
happerbolic Apr 2012 #20
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2012 #21
happerbolic Apr 2012 #22
Blue Owl Apr 2012 #18
libodem Apr 2012 #23

Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:43 PM

1. Cool looking dog. What breed?

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Response to Gold Metal Flake (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:03 PM

6. Irish Wolfhound, a nice one

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:44 PM

2. Rick Santorum must be peeing himself right about now.

 

He was soooooooo close.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:12 PM

11. Winner (NT)

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:51 PM

3. So cute

Smart owl. Gets to have a dog take him around, and he gets to pick and eat fleas off the dog.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:53 PM

4. That's a beautiful Barn Owl. EVERYBODY loves barn owls. The dog has good taste. nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:53 PM

5. What breed

I think it is either an Irish Wolfhound or a Scottish Deerhound. They are huge. Can stand 6' tall on their hind legs. Wonderful dogs.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:05 PM

7. Two predators of different species co-existing

together like that is a wonderment. Proves animals are far more complex them the average person gives them credit for.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:30 PM

8. K&R! I don't know if this is the strangest thing I've seen, or the cutest...

Great pix and a wonderful story!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:43 PM

9. Love it! They look made for each other. Owl to fly wedding rings, great!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:49 PM

10. where's the owl and cat bonding photo?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:59 PM

13. Right here...

 

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Response to -..__... (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:09 PM

15. omg. My heart skips when the cat jumps at the owl. watch out owl!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:34 PM

12. interesting picture...

 

... but, if an owl is out in the daylight, behaving like this, could environmental signals be getting crossed or maybe some kind of ailment on the owls behalf be occurring? his/her poor eyes have to hurt some, being as photo-sensitive as they are designed to be.
I do see owls sometime right as the cusp of nightfall and all the time hear them at night, this just seems oddly conspicuous being out in the day. Maybe in the stretch of country i live in, owls behave like they should. cute or not.

yeah, yeah.... grumble, grumble.....killjoy...
but still.....

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Response to happerbolic (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:07 PM

14. A trait of Barn Owls, maybe?

 

As in the pictures and posted video.

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Response to happerbolic (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:16 PM

16. From reading the article

I get the impression that the owl is being rehabilitated at a shelter.

"...the owl’s daily exercise was combined with the dog’s walk..."

Perhaps it was injured in the wild. Just a speculation but it seems as rational as any other reason that an owl would be riding on a dog's back.

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Response to Doremus (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:27 PM

17. ...ok, but even so...

 

... still would seem torturous and frightening for the poor owl to be rehabbed in such a manner.

no matter how cute a image this came out to be. I've seen quite a few 'cute' scenarios play out in tragedy before, just to get that 'aww.....' factor.

even goes more toward man's (peoples) bastardization of nature, i suppose.

grumble, grumble, killjoy.....

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Response to happerbolic (Reply #17)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:47 PM

19. One local shelter has a two year old barn owl

That is insomniac. Like this guy he is out during the day.

Poor thing fell from nest and was seriously hurt. Can't use his right wing. He serves as an animal ambassador and loves to be with his humans. He is actually quite tame.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #19)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:10 PM

20. i guess it goes to show...

 

...with enough attention & care, one can coax the natural instinct out of a cutie like this... the security it feels must be of more worth than the sensitivity nature has engineered into it's 'after dark' traits. Especially if it was impaired as a baby..

better keep him/her as a pet for then on out... make easy pickins' for day predators otherwise...

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Response to happerbolic (Reply #20)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:30 PM

21. He would not have survived in the wild

Nor will now.

He does a good parrot imitation and asks for his humans to scratch his head. He is also not as screechy as parrots.

Why i said he is an animal ambassador who helps raise needed funds to help other wild life that can be rehabilitated.

We met him at the fair. Cute, very cute. He must hav known we are owned by two conures.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #21)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

22. Ha! love it!

 

...owned by two conures.

got two greys that have complete control on me as well...
feathers = strong medicine

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:44 PM

18. Hoo's a good doggie?

n/t

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #18)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 02:31 PM

23. Hoo hoo

Hoo?

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