Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Mar 07, 2014
On my way back from my friend's farm i saw a young boy cuddling a fuzzy brown mass in his arms while he was being sternly reprimanded by his mother. It turns out she was telling him to throw away the animal. I slowed down to investigate what the excitement was about. It turns out that a juvenile owlet somehow fell out of his nest and was rescued by this young boy. I convinced him to let me take it home and care for it till it could fend for itself. I immediately nicknamed it fuzzy because of its appearance. I contacted the Hope Zoo for instructions on how to feed and care for it. I was unable to get mice and rats for it but there was an abundance of geckos in the house that would come out at nights. Within one week there were no more geckos on the walls at night because we caught them all for fuzzy who never seemed to be full. After we exhausted the geckos i had to buy fresh beef liver and slightly warm and cut it in strips to keep up with its growing appetite. eventually it outgrew the 2x2x2 enclosure i initially created for its habitat and just closed off my washroom and allowed it to fly around and exercise its wings. As the days went by its vocalizations got more frequent and louder especially as dusk approached. One Friday evening we heard its vocalizations coming from a nearby avocado tree, I grabbed my flashlight and immediately investigated. It was at that point I realised fuzzy was in fact a female contrary to what I initially thought and was lured out of the house by a mature male who had a darker brown color and had a distinctly deeper call. She visited the yard a few more times because i heard her a few mornings but after that i found no more evidence of its presence. People who intend to raise owls as pets need to be aware that these animals don't drink water they get all their water from the food they eat. They also produce a very offensive smelling dropping due to their diet. These animals are raptors and need to be handled with the utmost care because of their strong beaks and talons. I wouldn't suggest this bird for a novice hobbyist but if you want something a little different and more exciting this is a good option but bare in mind they are more active at nights.