Screech-Owl

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Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asioby brian rusnica

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Meet Zeus, a blind Western Screech Owl that has eyes like galaxies. The ‘stars’ in Zeus’s eyes are caused by strands and clumps of collagen floating around it. Zeus found a home at the Wildlife Learning Centre in California back in 2014.

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During my time spent on tumblr perusing photos of cute baby animals, I’ve seen a lot of photosets where a photo of a very cute plush doll was misidentified as a real baby owl. And I happen to think the real thing is fantastically adorably awkward and deserves to be cooed over too. So here is a photoset of actual baby owls for your viewing pleasure.

1. Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji) by Irawan Subingar
2. Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) by Ola Nowak
3. Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) by Lisa Morffiz
4. Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) by Jim Cumming
5. Eastern Screech Owls (Megascops asio) by Greg Schneider
6. Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) by Alun Thomas
7. Barn Owl (Tyto alba) by Markpkn
8. Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) by Shaun Healey

Hades

Symbols: Cerberus (his three-headed-dog), drinking horn, sceptor, key, the helm of darkness, pentacles

Sacred Animals: The screech owl, serpents, black rams

Plants: Cypress tree, asphodel, mint, white poplar, narcissus

Scents: Frankincense, patchouli

Gems and Metals: Onyx, jet, black tourmaline, black obsidian, hematite, coal, all metals and stones (especially black ones)

Colours: Black

Time: Midnight

Offerings to Hades:

  • Water, wine, honey, milk, or oil (best poured into a hole in the earth)
  • Pomegranates
  • Bones
  • Caring acts towards the dying
  • Caring acts towards dogs
  • Coins, gemstones, and metals
  • Leaving flowers on graves, cleaning up graveyards
  • Pictures of deceased loved ones
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