Tuesday 1st October 2013
It has been decided to retire Moss the European Eagle Owl from performing at ‘Meet the Birds’. By my reckoning she is in her 22nd year. This is middle aged for an Eagle Owl, but it has been obvious to her handler Michelle, that Moss has been increasingly unhappy about performing in front of an audience. We have to remember that these are wild animals, and to be handled by humans, and be flown in front of a crowd of people is very unnatural to them. Female Eagle Owls in particular, become increasingly wilful and aggressive as they get older. Moss has, in recent years, taken to using my head for target practice, when I have the misfortune to enter her aviary.
It was with all that in mind, that it was decided to move her into the much larger European Eagle Owl aviary in the Main Display. She was moved on Sunday, when she joined ‘Ambrose’ and ‘Big Red’; the residents in that particular aviary. Initially, it is proving to be a bit of a culture shock for her, as she is used to being on her own. I went in to do some cleaning this morning, and warily kept an eye on her, but it would appear she had other things on her mind, as she in turn, was warily watching her new companions.
On a different note, as I was walking up from the Breeding Ground after feeding down there, I caught a glimpse of a Fox. It looked fairly small; probably a juvenile. I know some people won’t like knowing there are Foxes about, but I am not one of them. A Fox, like any other animal, only tries to survive after the manner of their kind, in an increasingly wildlife hostile world. It is nice to see that some individuals actually still manage to do this.
As October dawns, it is once again time to prepare for Halloween. We will be doing the ‘Spooky Owl Tours’ throughout the Halloween week, and also, it would seem, a private Spooky Owl Tour on the 18th of October at 6pm. This one will be ‘interesting’ as it won’t be dark by then.
See you next week
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P.S. A sure sign that Autumn is upon us;
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