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Kuu the Screech Owl having a bath and then being dried.
January 31, 2014 3:52 PM   Subscribe


 
Don't be fooled. Owls have lots of sharp bits and there will be blood if you try to cuddle them.
posted by pipeski at 3:55 PM on January 31 [3 favorites]


I can say, without hyperbole, that that is the greatest thing ever.
posted by scody at 3:55 PM on January 31 [6 favorites]


Superb owl in a really super bowl.
posted by mullacc at 3:56 PM on January 31 [56 favorites]


The fluffing! The fluffing!
posted by barchan at 4:03 PM on January 31 [11 favorites]


Its a shame they make such dreadful pets, but they're much cooler as wild creatures anyways.

Also, squee, this is the cutest.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:04 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


I like the parts where he sorta spreads his wings out, like "if you gotta blow dry me, you gotta, but I'm gonna pretend like I'm flying while you do."
posted by Mizu at 4:08 PM on January 31 [8 favorites]


Who's a cuddly-wuddly little dinosaur? You are! You are!
posted by brundlefly at 4:10 PM on January 31 [14 favorites]


I was preparing to be amazed at how anybody could manage to give an owl a bath without getting ripped to shreds. Turns out you just let him bathe himself.

Also, owl doing the twist in a bowl of water is super adorbs.
posted by vytae at 4:11 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


First comment on YT, written by Rick Santorum:
Sugoku kawaii desu :D
posted by kavasa at 4:12 PM on January 31 [7 favorites]


previously

but this is pretty cute.
posted by wormwood23 at 4:13 PM on January 31


Also I like how it can just be a sphere.
posted by kavasa at 4:13 PM on January 31 [7 favorites]


0^0
posted by tspae at 4:17 PM on January 31 [5 favorites]


At the end, around 5:10, he manages a nearly perfect Grumpy Cat expression.
posted by tavella at 4:30 PM on January 31 [3 favorites]


Super cute, but the poor guy kept stepping on his foot leashes.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:37 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Such fierce cuteness!
posted by islander at 4:41 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


I loved that it didn't have any background music because it allowed me to provide my own. Splish Splash segued into the "Shake it/shake, shake it" bit from Hey Ya, and then I Feel Pretty accompanied the blowdrying.
posted by coppermoss at 4:42 PM on January 31 [5 favorites]


Add owl to warm water. Agitate. Remove and dry on "fluff" setting. Owl may expand during drying process; it will return to its original size with some encouragement. Style as desired.
posted by Sequence at 4:43 PM on January 31 [18 favorites]


I was expecting something more like this.
posted by briank at 4:46 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


I think you mean "style at your own risk, as owls have a number of extremely sharp points."
posted by filthy light thief at 4:48 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


THERE WAS SO MUCH CUTE THAT I DIED
posted by The Whelk at 4:53 PM on January 31 [13 favorites]


Try as I might, I cannot make my brain understand that something that floofy is not meant for snorgling. Also that's an impressive amount of wing for such a tiny(!) owl.

squee!

posted by Space Kitty at 5:18 PM on January 31 [5 favorites]


I come to bury The Whelk, not to OMG THE CUTE!!!!
posted by tommasz at 5:35 PM on January 31 [10 favorites]


"I AM TOLERANT OF YOUR CLEANING PROCESS, HUMAN."
posted by Woodroar at 5:46 PM on January 31 [8 favorites]


mmmmmmmm..........
posted by shockingbluamp at 5:49 PM on January 31


Super cute, but the poor guy kept stepping on his foot leashes.

Jesses.
posted by maudlin at 5:51 PM on January 31 [4 favorites]


Hi Kuu! You're all clean
no one likes a smelly owl
Go hunt mice rose fresh
posted by planetesimal at 5:53 PM on January 31 [13 favorites]


Oh my god that is the cutest thing of all time.
posted by JHarris at 6:04 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Now I have to wonder if bird-watchers have at any time catched one of these fellows bathing in the wild. If this one manages to do such a ruckus in a small bowl, I suspect given a whole creek or pond we might witness a whole acquatic ballet.
posted by Iosephus at 6:08 PM on January 31 [3 favorites]


Air kittens.
posted by jardinier at 6:17 PM on January 31 [18 favorites]


I'm always surprised by how many of my critters over the years have enjoyed being blow dried: dogs, cats, goats, parrots, hamsters, assortment of lizards. You'd think they would run away from the noisy shrieking thing but they've all just spread some limbs, leaned into the wind, half closed their eyes and whispered "I'm flying."
posted by jamaro at 6:52 PM on January 31 [9 favorites]


I took an ornithology class in college because BIRDIES and the professor had been teaching so long that when she'd lead us on our little birdwatching hikes she'd always know juuuussst the right hollow tree to knock against so that, when we looked up, there was a teeny wee grumpus looking out from its hole to see who was carrying on downstairs. I have wanted a screech owl ever since. Too bad about the deathclaws and pellets and such...
posted by theweasel at 7:03 PM on January 31 [6 favorites]


Omg the cute, it huuurts us... Impossibly fluffy.
posted by gemmy at 7:55 PM on January 31


Everybody enjoys a spa day
posted by The Owls at 8:14 PM on January 31 [6 favorites]


It just got fluffier, and fluffier, and fluffier.

And yet the eyes. The eyes said "You? You still just might be dinner. I'm not sure yet. But I think you might just be dinner."
posted by eriko at 8:36 PM on January 31 [4 favorites]


Generally I'm suspicious of birds, but I like the cut of this owl's jib. I would not be able to handle being made to disco in a bowl of water, being shot at with a wind gun amidst small models of me arranged on the couch while on what is by all appearances a truly heroic dose of lsd.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:14 PM on January 31 [6 favorites]


YOLO
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:52 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


At 4:12 my wife made me turn it off because EEEEEEE!!! OH MY GOD THE CUTE! I CAN'T HANDLE THE CUUUUTE! EEEEEEEEE!!!

Significant nerve damage reported from cuteness.

Experiment successful.
posted by happyroach at 10:15 PM on January 31 [5 favorites]


No experience with owls, but my mom and her sisters raise pigeons. You've never seen a bunch of happier birds than when you set out some pans of water. Even if it's only 45F out, the whole loft empties to splash around.
posted by sbutler at 10:29 PM on January 31 [3 favorites]


Thank you so much for posting this, I saw a gif of the spinning segment a few days ago on reddit, but of course no source was provided.
posted by Harpocrates at 10:36 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


It's an old link, and one we've seem before, but seeing the owl happily splashing around reminded me of the video of the neglected ducks being introduced to water for the first time, which once they get used to it is pure avian joy.
posted by JHarris at 11:32 PM on January 31 [4 favorites]


Aaaaaaa he's almost too cute to be real! Looks like something out of a Miyazaki film- he wouldn't be out of place in Totoro.
posted by insufficient data at 12:45 AM on February 1


That was a great use of my five minutes. I loved when his eyes got EVEN BIGGER when the hair dryer started up.

There's an eastern screech owl that hangs out in our back yard sometimes. I haven't tried bathing him. Yet.
posted by workerant at 8:26 AM on February 1


A quick depiction of how attempts to bathe wild owls usually go:
 @$&%!
     /\/\
    /  O
       \ \
       /\/\
                       !!!
                   /\O
                 \  /\/
                  \/\
                     \/

posted by JHarris at 7:14 PM on February 1 [2 favorites]


I don't get it. What's so cute about this? Did I miss the part where he does tricks?
posted by bradth27 at 6:58 PM on February 2


I think we've found a replicant!
posted by JHarris at 7:30 PM on February 2 [7 favorites]


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