Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey OBrienWhen biologist Stacey OBrien first met a four-day-old baby barn owl with nerve damage in one wing, she knew he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild, so gave him a permanent home living with her. This is the funny, poignant story of their two decades together.
On Valentines Day 1985, biologist Stacey OBrien first met a four-day-old baby barn owl -- a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19-year saga. With nerve damage in one wing, the owlets ability to fly was forever compromised, and he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild. OBrien, a young assistant in the owl laboratory at Caltech, was immediately smitten, promising to care for the helpless owlet and give him a permanent home. Wesley the Owl is the funny, poignant story of their dramatic two decades together.
With both a tender heart and a scientists eye, OBrien studied Wesleys strange habits intensively and first-hand -- and provided a mice-only diet that required her to buy the rodents in bulk (28,000 over the owls lifetime). As Wesley grew, she snapped photos of him at every stage like any proud parent, recording his life from a helpless ball of fuzz to a playful, clumsy adolescent to a gorgeous, gold-and-white, macho adult owl with a heart-shaped face and an outsize personality that belied his 18-inch stature. Stacey and Wesleys bond deepened as she discovered Wesleys individual personality, subtle emotions, and playful nature that could also turn fiercely loyal and protective -- though she could have done without Wesleys driving away her would-be human suitors!
OBrien also brings us inside the prestigious research community, a kind of scientific Hogwarts where resident owls sometimes flew freely from office to office and eccentric, brilliant scientists were extraordinarily committed to studying and helping animals; all of them were changed by the animal they loved. As OBrien gets close to Wesley, she makes important discoveries about owl behavior, intelligence, and communication, coining the term The Way of the Owl to describe his inclinations: he did not tolerate lies, held her to her promises, and provided unconditional love, though he was not beyond an occasional sulk. When OBrien develops her own life-threatening illness, the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued from death by the insistent love and courage of this wild animal.
Enhanced by wonderful photos, Wesley the Owl is a thoroughly engaging, heartwarming, often funny story of a complex, emotional, non-human being capable of reason, play, and, most important, love and loyalty. It is sure to be cherished by animal lovers everywhere.
Serpents, owl men and demon dogs
KUNG FU CHEF - FULL MOVIE IN ENGLISH IN HIGH DEFINITION - WITH FINAL Viking: The Berserkers | Full Action Movie | Sol Heras.
list of paul harvey stories
S ome nine years ago, trying to pass the time in a doctor's waiting room, my business partner was leafing through a dog-eared copy of Country Life. It contained an article commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of a man who called himself Grey Owl. The more she read of his extraordinary story, the more she became convinced that here was a terrific subject for a feature film. Later that same morning I found her in our office, trying to sell the idea. This Grey Owl, she explained, was a man with a cause, an essentially good man with something important to convey, who also happened to be a liar, a lush, a bigamist and one of the world's great impostors. She went on to say that he had been a very successful trapper in Canada, killing hundreds of animals for their pelts, until his love for a local woman, and her love for two orphaned baby beavers, brought about a kind of epiphany. From then on, he crusaded fiercely to save this species from near-extinction and to preserve the Canadian wilderness for posterity.
Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. A documentary that follows Dr. Patricia C. Wright's mission to help lemurs, the highly evolved creatures who arrived on Madagascar millions of years ago as castaways but are now highly endangered.