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Barn owl by Chris Smart
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What a beauty.

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Long-eared Owls by Sbarn54

Today has gone by pretty great so far! On my way home from a friends place, being the scavenger that I am :’^), found the unharmed body of a barred owl! I wish I had gotten there sooner in the hopes of getting it somewhere to keep it alive, but sadly by the time I found it, it had already begun to get cold. The good news is that I’ll be donating it to the raptor rehabilitation center within the next few days so that they can get some use out of the lovely bird. They have many uses for the bodies of owls, from using the feathers to rehabilitate raptors that have lost feathers, to using the body as a ‘puppet’ to feed chicks they have without them getting used to being fed by humans! I’m somewhat honored to have found such a beautiful bird and I’m so glad that it’s body won’t just be destroyed on the roadside and will hopefully help other raptors in the future!