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Orphaned baby owls find a plushy mom
November 11, 2007 9:51 PM   Subscribe

Orphaned baby owls find a plushy mom.
posted by stbalbach (31 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
My cold, black heart wants to let out an "Aaaaaaaaaw" but somehow I feel that this story is trying to manipulate me.
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:55 PM on November 11, 2007


Oh great... how am I supposed to nurture the hate and loathing I need to continually rail and inveigle against the world now? Thanks a lot, stbalbach.
posted by Kattullus at 9:59 PM on November 11, 2007


I wonder if they're still that adorable with bloody chipmunk carcasses hanging from their beaks.
posted by Reggie Digest at 10:05 PM on November 11, 2007


yay!
posted by jonson at 10:13 PM on November 11, 2007


wh00t!
posted by cenoxo at 10:24 PM on November 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


inveigle against?

Christ. The adorableness of that picture even robbed me of knowledge of the English as she is spoke.
posted by Kattullus at 10:30 PM on November 11, 2007 [2 favorites]


At least it's not a soccer mom.
posted by HotPatatta at 10:38 PM on November 11, 2007


Hegel would be proud.
posted by nasreddin at 11:17 PM on November 11, 2007


Awwww. Aaaawwwwwwww.

Can't English. Owls too cute.
posted by cmyk at 12:12 AM on November 12, 2007


Fucking shit. There needs to be a warning on links to pictures this cute.

This is almost fully guilt-free cute, btw. That is, it's bittersweet - you know, because they're orphans.

Along similar plushy lines, the Harlow Monkeys are cute, but the extreme cuteness barely drowns out the crushing guilt.
posted by redteam at 12:31 AM on November 12, 2007


O RLY?

Someone had to. Now with that out of the way, this is just damn adorable.
posted by cmgonzalez at 1:10 AM on November 12, 2007


It's a series
posted by terrortubby at 1:34 AM on November 12, 2007


Here is a cool owl story from a few weeks ago. Owl escapes from avery during a storm...

WILDLIFE experts are astonished by the reappearance of a rare owl, four years after it was thought to have died, thousands of kilometres from its natural habitat.

"We thought there was no way it could survive in the wild," the centre's manager, Philip Pain, said yesterday.

"It had no experience or training to allow it to hunt for itself; the bird had been hand-reared as a chick."

However, the owl turned up last week in the main street of Bridgetown, 200km from Margaret River, clutching a magpie it had killed.

"I am flabbergasted," Mr Pain said.


http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,22469276-30417,00.html
posted by uncanny hengeman at 2:55 AM on November 12, 2007


they are being fed on pieces of diced chicken and rat

Right, so if an owl wanders in, it gets a plush mother and plenty of food: if a rat wanders in, it gets diced.
posted by Phanx at 3:08 AM on November 12, 2007


O RLY?

Someone had to. Now with that out of the way, this is just damn adorable.


Ahem.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 3:30 AM on November 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


For those finding this unconscionably adorable - just remember Tawny Owls are all descended from dinosaurs and would happily attack your face - even rip out your eye with their sharp talons if you got in their way, much as they kill other, smaller owls that piss them off. Their flight is almost silent so you wouldn't hear them coming. Their own eyes are 100x better than yours and so they have quite likely been watching you automanipulate for quite some time, waiting for the perfect post-climax torporific moment to strike.

And that's why onanism will send you blind. Not many people know that.
posted by Sparx at 4:36 AM on November 12, 2007 [3 favorites]


"'We thought there was no way it could survive in the wild," the centre's manager, Philip Pain, said yesterday. 'It had no experience or training to allow it to hunt for itself; the bird had been hand-reared as a chick.'"

Well, I think that's a perfect example Ron Paul could use to advance individualism and attack collectivism. See, Kattullus, you can always find a way to inveigle.
posted by cousincozen at 5:12 AM on November 12, 2007


The group have all bonded and snuggle up close to each other and to the cuddly toy owl dubbed 'mummy owl', which has to be washed regularly because she gets so much love.

I am not clever enough to give this line the devastatingly wrong-minded response it deserves.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:15 AM on November 12, 2007


"They're perceived to be very wise animals because of their appearance but really they're not very bright at all."

Owls are stupid animals? They really do seem very smart.
posted by stbalbach at 6:02 AM on November 12, 2007


Owls are stupid animals? They really do seem very smart.

Well, you see, they are dumb because baby owls explore and fall out of trees. Unlike a human toddler, who would never do something so stupid.
posted by malphigian at 6:46 AM on November 12, 2007


The babies are also making their first attempts at flight by jumping off objects and flapping their little wings.

When I first tried this I was given medical treatment and a plush toy too.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:58 AM on November 12, 2007


Owls are stupid animals? They really do seem very smart.

Not without their monocles and graduation caps, they don't.
posted by Reggie Digest at 7:40 AM on November 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


That is all kinds of cute and sad. Look how they cuddle under the plushy mom. Do owls taste good?
posted by hojoki at 8:42 AM on November 12, 2007


For those finding this unconscionably adorable - just remember Tawny Owls are all descended from dinosaurs and would happily attack your face - even rip out your eye with their sharp talons if you got in their way. . . .

Sorry, but that just makes them all the more adorable.
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:46 AM on November 12, 2007


You know, come to think of it, there's probably a whole generation of people who don't know about the time-honored cliché of the professorial owl and will only ever think of these things as wizards' mailmen.
posted by Reggie Digest at 9:48 AM on November 12, 2007


It's a series

Your right! So many orphans:

Real life Fox And Hound: the orphaned cub that's best pals with a mongrel

The prickly, blind orphans saved from the floods

The tiny orphaned possum that was rescued after his mother was killed by car

'Where's Mummy and Daddy?'

Squeaker the orphan fawn hits the bottle
posted by stbalbach at 10:00 AM on November 12, 2007


That is all kinds of cute and sad. Look how they cuddle under the plushy mom. Do owls taste good?

LOL
posted by C17H19NO3 at 10:33 AM on November 12, 2007


Do owls taste good?

They kinda taste like bald eagle.
posted by nax at 11:00 AM on November 12, 2007


Why are larger photos never available in these articles? They act like they understand how much people are going to adore this picture, but what do they do about it? Nothing.

...Did I just get angry at a news item about baby animals? I think I did.
posted by jinjo at 11:03 AM on November 12, 2007


They kinda taste like bald eagle.

Not as gamy, though -- there's sort of a koala-ish aftertaste [burp].
posted by FelliniBlank at 1:28 PM on November 12, 2007


Reggie Digest : I wonder if they're still that adorable with bloody chipmunk carcasses hanging from their beaks.

*considers*

Yes. Yes they would be.

Do owls taste good?

They kinda taste like bald eagle.


Which actually tastes remarkably like dodo, which ironically taste just like chicken.
posted by quin at 4:07 PM on November 12, 2007


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