Skip to comments.Giant owl escapes in England
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."
I am fan of big hooters....but that’s just me.
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
Harry’s sending a message to Hermione
Wondered how long it would take for a Harry Potter reference.
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!
Me too. I didn’t get here quickly enough, m’self...
It’s what’s for dinner.
So in the wild these owls attack humans?
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.
that is technically a big Scops owl is it not?
a bigassed owl
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!
Hogwarts priority mail
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
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.
ROTFL! Now how many people would have a picture like this around to post? lol
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...
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.
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.
Snowy owls are common winter visitors to JFK airport and the adjacent bird sanctuary in NYC.
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.
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.
Amusing. In the HP role playing board I frequent, my character used an eagle-owl for his mail delivery.
Hmmm... somethin' not right there.
the 2nd guy has my shotgun. binelli!
Those eyes say “I HATE YOU AND EVERYTHING AROUND YOU”.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.