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January 24, 2014 1:05 PM   Subscribe

Louise the baby owl loves Annie the shaggy dog! [slyt | via]
posted by quin (24 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
ALL THE FEELS.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:09 PM on January 24


In which I learn that my puppy might actually be a baby owl.
posted by phunniemee at 1:13 PM on January 24 [1 favorite]


Louise the baby owl cannot resist the temptation to touch Annie the shaggy dog no matter how hard she tries.
posted by davejay at 1:13 PM on January 24


I'm guessing this is a grooming activity.... It's hard to tell if that dog looks like an owl or the owl looks like a dog...

but... cute stuff...
posted by HuronBob at 1:13 PM on January 24


I'm not sure Annie is that into you, Louise.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:21 PM on January 24 [1 favorite]


Annie's short, floppy wings fascinate her.
posted by Iridic at 1:22 PM on January 24 [5 favorites]


There's something so Edward Scissorhands about that hesitant petting claw.
posted by Erasmouse at 1:22 PM on January 24 [14 favorites]


Apparently Annie has problems with other annoyingly over-affectionate coworkers as well.

Edit: Sorry, "Wee" is the same annoyingly over-affectionate coworker.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:24 PM on January 24 [2 favorites]


Apparently Annie has problems with other annoyingly over-affectionate coworkers as well.

The descriptions imply that it's the same overly affectionate owl, 18 months later.
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:31 PM on January 24


What kind of owl is that? Doesn't look like any we have around here.

Also, Annie seems kind of afraid of pissing the owl off. Either that, or really confused and trying to figure out why is this bird touching me?
posted by mudpuppie at 1:57 PM on January 24


Ah, okay, in the video The 10th Regiment of Foot posted, I see that it's a Great Horned Owl. Young, in the FPP video.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:58 PM on January 24


I watched three of the videos on the Annie and Louise show. Nothing exciting ever happens. I kept waiting for Annie to get so annoyed she would start barking at least. Nope. Respect the talons must be her motto.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 2:03 PM on January 24


Much love for the German Wire Haired Pointer. That's basically my dog with slightly longer coat, but identical facial furnishings. How embarrassing is it for a bird dog to have to live with an actual bird?
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 2:05 PM on January 24 [7 favorites]


What kind of owl is that?

A baby one. Well, toddler, really.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:11 PM on January 24


After watching both first and second video, I'd be afraid that one not-so-fine day Anne is going to get pecked, scratched, or have her hair pulled to the point she snaps at the bird. It would not be good. And who the heck lets an owl loose in the vehicle while their driving.

Everything's good, until it's not so good.

That said, the dog is a very good dog, yes you are, yes you are Anne!

And the owl is just magnificent once fledged out.
posted by BlueHorse at 2:35 PM on January 24


Ah, okay, in the video The 10th Regiment of Foot posted, I see that it's a Great Horned Owl. Young, in the FPP video.

The actual answer: Eurasian eagle owl.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:42 PM on January 24 [1 favorite]


It looks a little like when my brothers and I would sit in the back of the station wagon and reach out toward one another saying, "I'm not toooooouuuuuching you!!!"
posted by xingcat at 3:00 PM on January 24


Also, Annie seems kind of afraid of pissing the owl off.

I would be too! Look at its claws!

Also the sidebar is full of excellent cute timewasters, so Friday youtube victory.
posted by immlass at 3:22 PM on January 24


Cat and Owl. A bit more dynamic.
posted by Artful Codger at 4:43 PM on January 24 [3 favorites]


Lordy AC, that clip is awesome!
posted by qinn at 1:07 AM on January 25


Definitely, this is grooming behavior. Anyone who's ever been owned by a bird will recognize it. My parrot, whose beak can crush an unshelled filbert, will oh-so-gently nibble at my ear looking for mites or growths or what-not. Makes my hair stand on end every time, but for her this is friendly flock-bonding stuff. The owl is probably trying to figure out why the poor dog's feathers are so badly matted.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:01 AM on January 25 [1 favorite]


To me, it doesn't look like grooming behaviour at all, it looks like a serious case of hatred. I'm convinced the owl means the dog harm. The dog is just humouring the owl by not responding, but a less good-natured dog would probably snap pretty quickly at an animal jabbing it with its sharp claws and beak. I really think the owl is trying to dominate and subjugate the dog, which it thinks it can get away with due to the dog's passivity. The owl's body language looks very aggressive, to me. Holding its sharp claw out like that towards the dog, that's not a nice gesture. Anyone who's watched two unfriendly animals facing off should be able to see the tension and aggression here.

The dog's body language is extremely submissive and the owl's is very aggressive. Skip to 23 seconds and you can see the owl stare directly at the dog for about 3 or 4 seconds, while the dog keeps its eyes averted, and doesn't dare move until the owl stops staring at it. The dog is clearly scared of the owl, and the owl is being very nasty, exhibiting dominant and predatory behaviour.

Well, anyway, that's my take.
posted by rubber duck at 2:40 PM on January 25


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posted by homunculus at 8:09 PM on January 25


Babou!
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:04 PM on January 25


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