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Giant owl escapes in England
upi ^ | March. 12, 2010

Posted on 03/12/2010 8:15:10 AM PST by JoeProBono

LOWER STRATTON, England, - Authorities in southwest England are warning residents to be on the lookout for a giant owl that may be hungry enough to make a meal of their pet cat or dog.

The European eagle owl escaped Sunday from its enclosure in the back garden of a home in Lower Stratton, near Swindon, The Times of London Online reports.

"The owner went into the enclosure and the owl flew at him," says a spokeswoman for Wiltshire police.

The spokeswoman said the owl, which has a six-foot wingspan, is unlikely to attack humans because it was bred in captivity.

"But it could try to carry off a cat or small dog," she said. "If anyone spots the owl they should contact police and we will send an appropriate team."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 03/12/2010 8:15:10 AM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 03/12/2010 8:15:47 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I am fan of big hooters....but that’s just me.


3 posted on 03/12/2010 8:18:14 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: JoeProBono

my favorite bird....how big is a giant owl in the UK

in my 5 decades of hunting...i have never walked up on an owl who was not already looking at me...eerie

i found one just hit by a car undamaged a few years ago and a taxidermist friend of mine stuffed it for me...illegal of course but oh well...it’s a great piece...would be wonderful for an old gothic dining room

i every now and then think about donating it to the Belle Meade animal history museum at Percy Warner park


4 posted on 03/12/2010 8:19:44 AM PST by wardaddy (women are crazy)
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To: JoeProBono
Woah...they are some big suckers...


5 posted on 03/12/2010 8:20:21 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: JoeProBono

Harry’s sending a message to Hermione


6 posted on 03/12/2010 8:20:40 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

Wondered how long it would take for a Harry Potter reference.


7 posted on 03/12/2010 8:23:35 AM PST by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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To: wardaddy

If you have starlings nesting in your clematis, put him out there and they will vanish like magic. I have a resin owl, filled with sand and he worked for me. ;)

Now all I have to worry about getting my little Boston Terrier are eagles, hawks and coyotes.....and I live in the city!


8 posted on 03/12/2010 8:26:28 AM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: EscapedDutch

Me too. I didn’t get here quickly enough, m’self...


9 posted on 03/12/2010 8:26:29 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 413 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: JoeProBono

Owl meat.

It’s what’s for dinner.


10 posted on 03/12/2010 8:30:33 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: JoeProBono
A pair of screech owls have been nesting each spring for the past several years in a wood duck house next to our garden pond - voila, the rabbit & squirrel population has decreased dramatically.
11 posted on 03/12/2010 8:31:46 AM PST by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: JoeProBono
The spokeswoman said the owl... is unlikely to attack humans because it was bred in captivity

So in the wild these owls attack humans?

12 posted on 03/12/2010 8:32:03 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: wardaddy

13 posted on 03/12/2010 8:32:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: wardaddy

A few years back, I was outside our office for a smoke break, and actually saw a great horned owl swoop out of the trees behind our building, pluck a 2’-3’ snake out of the grass and disappear back into the woods. The whole process took at the very most, 10 seconds, but was one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen.


14 posted on 03/12/2010 8:32:27 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NMEwithin

that is technically a big Scops owl is it not?

a bigassed owl


15 posted on 03/12/2010 8:33:05 AM PST by wardaddy (women are crazy)
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16 posted on 03/12/2010 8:33:10 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: JoeProBono

“Woodsy owl here with a message: Give a hoot, gimme your yummy pets!”
Remember folks, Owls aren’t “cute and cuddly”, They’re wild animals! This has been an important safety message from citizens for honest enviro ads.


17 posted on 03/12/2010 8:34:23 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

18 posted on 03/12/2010 8:35:14 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I lived on a farm where there were some screech owls in the nearby woods. Always gave me a start when they’d start calling at night if I were out walking around. Talk about a spooky sound!
19 posted on 03/12/2010 8:36:14 AM PST by chimera
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To: JoeProBono

“If anyone spots the owl they should contact police and we will send an appropriate team.”

Of course, if it happens to be a spotted owl, then that would be redundant.


20 posted on 03/12/2010 8:36:24 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: wardaddy; JoeProBono

I had a small owl turn in flight and fly straight into my windshield.
If he’d continued flying straight across the road, he’d have been okay.
He squeeked in surprise when he hit.
Made me feel about one inch tall.
I picked him up so he wouldn’t get slowly ground into the pavement, I couldn’t think of a more cruel end for such a bird, and took him with me so he could expire in peace.

The owl in this article would have blasted a hole in my windshield, flapped around in my car, cut me to ribbons, and killed us both.


21 posted on 03/12/2010 8:37:37 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: wardaddy

Not sure...just did a Google image search for the European Eagle Owl and that came up...more proof you can’t trust Google I guess.


22 posted on 03/12/2010 8:37:39 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: wardaddy

I was sitting on a stump in the swamp one morning and had one land on the barrel of my shotgun. I don’t know which one of us had the biggest adrenaline rush!


23 posted on 03/12/2010 8:38:53 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT,NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: JoeProBono

Hogwarts priority mail


24 posted on 03/12/2010 8:39:01 AM PST by bigbob
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To: green pastures

25 posted on 03/12/2010 8:39:25 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
The spokeswoman said the owl... is unlikely to attack humans because it was bred in captivity
So in the wild these owls attack humans?

Owls can be quite aggressive. I have a secluded place in the
country and had a huge great horned owl who had a favorite
tree not far from where my drive cut through the woods. One
night about dusk I was coming back from a nightly run when
he decided he didn't want me around. Attacked from behind, I actually felt the wind from his wings before I heard anything. He didn't do any harm, but scared the hell out of
me! I did my last 100 yards in record time! I found him a couple of years later dead under a power line. He had caught a large snake and had tried eating it while perched
on the pole, the snake dangled onto the hot line a killed
them both.

26 posted on 03/12/2010 8:43:10 AM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Some years ago I was deer hunting in northern Wisconsin. Fresh snow was on the ground and trees. A snowy owl flew directly overhead but under the tree tops and landed in a tree not 40 yards from me. What struck me was the absolute silence of it all. Eerily and absolutely silent. I’ll never forget it.

I found it strange that there was one in those woods - but I guess their range can at times extend even further south.


27 posted on 03/12/2010 8:44:13 AM PST by Lando Lincoln (Reconciliation will happen this November!)
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To: JoeProBono

ROTFL! Now how many people would have a picture like this around to post? lol


28 posted on 03/12/2010 8:44:23 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: Paperdoll

We have many of the real owls on our land, but last summer I put out a resin one by the lawn furniture, because it had been taking quite a few ‘hits’ from other birds...

I figured if I came out and found bird droppings on the resin owl it would be a bif Fail... However, it worked pretty well. The first day, the farthest away lawn chair had a new deposit on it. But the rest of the chairs were fine. The other birds stayed away for the rest of the summer...


29 posted on 03/12/2010 8:44:52 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: JoeProBono
"If anyone spots the owl they should contact police and we will send an appropriate team."
30 posted on 03/12/2010 8:46:35 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: JoeProBono
When confronted about the incident, the owner of the bird said “Who who who, me?”
31 posted on 03/12/2010 8:46:51 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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32 posted on 03/12/2010 8:48:11 AM PST by WillVoteForFood
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33 posted on 03/12/2010 8:48:48 AM PST by BJClinton (0bama is not the anti-christ. Satan wouldn't be such a screw up.)
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34 posted on 03/12/2010 8:49:24 AM PST by WillVoteForFood
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To: JoeProBono

Owls earned a great deal of respect from our family after we dissected owl pellets for science class and saw what they can eat whole. The smell was disgusting and I have a picture of my oldest daughter gagging, lol! We put together the bones of about 4 animals from each owl pellet. We were able to identify a shrew and a vole. The other things we weren’t sure about. It was a really cool project.


35 posted on 03/12/2010 8:51:56 AM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: JoeProBono

I have two large ones on my land. Dont know what kind they are, they are cool and totally silent while flying around. Other birds freak out when they are on the move.


36 posted on 03/12/2010 8:52:34 AM PST by ezoeni (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x32cxf_yuri-bezmenov)
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To: Lando Lincoln

Snowy owls are common winter visitors to JFK airport and the adjacent bird sanctuary in NYC.


37 posted on 03/12/2010 8:53:58 AM PST by Roccus (Hawaii Hall of Records safe from tsunami......Obama saddened.)
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To: JoeProBono
The spokeswoman said the owl, which has a six-foot wingspan, is unlikely to attack humans ..........If anyone spots the owl they should contact police and we will send an appropriate team.


38 posted on 03/12/2010 8:55:31 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly hittin' it without looking at the picture since 1999.)
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To: JoeProBono
Used to have a couple Great Horns that hung out in our back yard. You think that “hoo hoo” is soft, but it's really loud. They were gorgeous.
39 posted on 03/12/2010 8:57:52 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Apercu

The barn owls in our neighborhood (we have lots of trees and live next to undeveloped farmland) must be lazy - hear them all the time but they can’t keep the rabbit population down. After what the rabbits did to my garden last year I’m thinking seriously about getting a good pellet rifle.


40 posted on 03/12/2010 8:58:02 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: ezoeni

A large owl landed on a tree near the sliding door to my deck. The owl stared at me as I looked at it through the glass door. I am not sure about its size because it was dark. As soon as I opened the door, the owl flew away. I was concerned because my dog (American cocker about 30 lbs.) was running in my fenced yard. My wife was not concerned but I felt that perhaps the owl might attack my dog.


41 posted on 03/12/2010 8:58:22 AM PST by businessprofessor
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To: EscapedDutch

Amusing. In the HP role playing board I frequent, my character used an eagle-owl for his mail delivery.


42 posted on 03/12/2010 8:59:01 AM PST by Ingtar (Reckon the process will be silly - Reckonsilliation)
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He got his mouse.

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43 posted on 03/12/2010 8:59:03 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: wardaddy
i found one just hit by a car undamaged a few years ago and a taxidermist friend of mine stuffed it for me..

Hmmm... somethin' not right there.

≤}B^)

44 posted on 03/12/2010 8:59:04 AM PST by Erasmus (Give to the Antonio Janigro College Fund; a strong bow is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: Hacklehead

the 2nd guy has my shotgun. binelli!


45 posted on 03/12/2010 9:00:36 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: JoeProBono

Those eyes say “I HATE YOU AND EVERYTHING AROUND YOU”.


46 posted on 03/12/2010 9:02:10 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly hittin' it without looking at the picture since 1999.)
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To: JoeProBono

THOSE eyes say, “I’m your new crazy girlfriend. I promise not to stalk you nearly as much as that guy I was accused of killing.”


47 posted on 03/12/2010 9:04:05 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly hittin' it without looking at the picture since 1999.)
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To: Darksheare

I had an encounter with a huge owl very late at night while driving home. He was on the road and took off just as I got to him. The wingspan completely covered my windshield for a minute or so, and then he rolled over the top of the car and dropped behind me.

I considered getting out to see if he was injured, but then thought maybe not. He was gone the next morning.


48 posted on 03/12/2010 9:06:44 AM PST by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!)
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To: ezoeni

The land I used to own here in WA had spotted owls and
1 horned owl. They compete with the coyotes for the mice
rabbits cats and whatnot. I could watch them swoop from
the living room windows. Magnificent animals.


49 posted on 03/12/2010 9:10:29 AM PST by rahbert
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To: CrazyIvan

“I found him a couple of years later dead under a power line. He had caught a large snake and had tried eating it while perched on the pole, the snake dangled onto the hot line a killed them both.”

Yes officer, that’s my story and I’m stickin to it.


50 posted on 03/12/2010 9:10:45 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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