Burrowing Owls

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Yes, yes, another post about owls, but jeepers these little fellows are so cute it would be wrong not to have them in the Monday Menagerie.

Burrowing Owls are tiny, long-legged, humongous-eyed birds that nest and roost in – wait for it – burrows. They are found throughout the open landscapes of North and South America and prefer open, dry areas with low vegetation such as grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, and deserts.

Unlike most other owls, they are particularly active during the day, only sticking to their burrows during the worst of the midday heat. However, they prefer hunting from dusk till dawn, like other owls. So, heaven knows what they do in those active hours during the day. From pictures it seems like they just hang around in ridiculously cute groups outside their burrows.

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The Burrowing Owl is endangered in Canada, threatened in Mexico, and a species of special concern in Florida and most of the western USA.

What actually brought my attention to these adorbs little creatures, was a picture I spotted on the Telegraph’s Daily Photo gallery sometime last week.

The caption reads:

Two orphaned baby burrowing owls, nicknamed Linford and Christie, have moved into the home of their keeper Jimmy Robinson. The owlets were hatched in an incubator at Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire, and are now being hand-reared by Jimmy. The native American birds, which get their name from living in small burrows in the wild, can find plenty of nooks and crannys about his flat to hide. “Tea cups and bookcases are a particular favourite,” says Jimmy, “but it’s good to see them developing their natural behaviour and they always seem to find me at meal times.” Read the full story at Daily Mail

So, if you’re wondering what to give me as a house warming gift (I’m moving into my new flat on Saturday), I have a lot of books and some tea cups. Think a Burrowing Owl will be perfect. Thanks.

Sleepy, sleepy owl

Most people who know me, know that if given half a chance, I would quit my day job and become the moonlight-loving zookeeper of a nocturnal menagerie. True story!

I just love the caliber of cuteness that seems to crawl out of the woodwork when the sun starts to set: bush babies, badgers, bat eared foxes, caracal, civet and cats of all sorts… not even to mention owls!

Oh owls! Of all the bright-eyed, large-eared, swift-footed, fast-winged critters that move about at night, owls are, without a doubt, my favourite. And, yes, I know… everyone else’s too!

And that is EXACTLY why you will LOVE this adorable video:

Now that you’re feeling all inspired, why not try this super easy DIY Owl Drawing tutorial? Or enter Gypsified’s hippy girl giveaway where you can win awesome Scarlett Boulevard jewellery, including a pretty owl and key earring.

If I ever got a tattoo…

Which I won’t, because, firstly, I am really petrified of needles… and the thought of ink in my skin kind of scares me. And secondly I’m far too fickle. I’m pretty damn sure that the things I find AWESOME now are going to seem slightly trivial in a few years’ time. Thank goodness I didn’t get a tattoo during the semi-emo kid phase! HAHAHAHA!!

But if I did ever get a tattoo

1. It would be really small.

From http://www.birdtattoodesigns.com

Or a few really small ones together like the picture above.

2. It would have to be meaningful. Even if it only makes sense to me.

3. It might be an owl.

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They’re cute. And wise. And I’ve always liked owls.

4. It might have something to do with balloons.

From: rhymeswithmaren.blogspot.com

Like this artwork by Banksy. I think it’s quite a popular choice and I can understand why. It’s beautiful and seems to create an impression of freedom and lightness.

5. It might be a tree.

From: http://vladimirowenbuckminster.blogspot.com

I love trees. I think I probably inherited this from my mother. Although the tattoo above is very pretty, it would be cooler if the roots were visible too. As a lover of the bushveld, I think I would most definitely opt for a beautiful baobab. Oh, please excuse the side-boob on the pic.

6. Or maybe it will be a childlike picture I drew myself.

Of course they will need a good deal of refining, but it would be cool to have something of your own making.

So, there you have it… my tattoo choices if I HAD to get inked today.

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