Saturday 19th March 2011
No sooner had I written last week’s blog, when the report came back from our vet; Atlas had died. You’d think we’d get used to this, but when it is a character, you feel a sense of bereavement. I go into the aviary every morning to do the daily clean, and encounter silence where once I was greeted by Atlas’ hoots. When you work in an animal collection as large as ours, the population is in a state of constant flux. New lives are beginning as old lives are ending. The owl population at the Centre represents in miniature what is happening globally, whether it be owls or any other species including ourselves. On a more positive front, the first owlets of the new season should have hatched. The African Spotted Eagle Owls and the Dark-breasted Barn Owls, as well as the Tropical Screech Owls and the White-faced Owls. And thus the new replaces the old in a never ending cycle.
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