Tiny owl asks for pats, and bonus bobcat mom with kittens

Two animal videos to end a long, overcast day.

From YouTube: “My pet owl Nicha loves to play and for me to show her attention.”

Matthew sent this wonderful trailcam video of a mother bobcat and her two bouncy kittens:

10 Comments

  1. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted October 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    And there I was wondering if @plutokiller had his day in the sun.

    His bobcat-water-er has bears now. Mother and cubs.

  2. Ed Collins
    Posted October 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Cute owl, although he does appear to be tied in place.

    • Richard Bond
      Posted October 5, 2017 at 4:20 am | Permalink

      Might be jesses, used in falconry, which allow the owl to fly freely.

  3. Posted October 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    It’s interesting that it appears to want to be petted, which seems not so unusual with many wild animals that grow accustomed to humans (maybe not your pet snail). Are there explanations for this? Owls aren’t of the reputation to groom each other.

  4. Posted October 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I have bobcats on my ranch, but it is a rare treat to spot them. I did see a young one running down the road last week but it dashed into the bushes before I could get a photo.

  5. Posted October 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know what species of owl this is? It seems pretty young, and I’m not able to place it. Burrowing owl is my best guess.

    • Bob Murray
      Posted October 5, 2017 at 3:30 am | Permalink

      Could it be a Little Owl (Athene noctua)?

      • Richard Bond
        Posted October 5, 2017 at 4:21 am | Permalink

        Agreed; that was my immediate reaction.

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 6, 2017 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      On YouTube it says this vid comes from Russia…

  6. Diane G.
    Posted October 6, 2017 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Falconers in many countries are allowed to take juvenile hawks, eagles, and owls from nests, for their own use, a practice greatly disapproved of in many birding circles. It’s one of the reasons birders are loath to reveal the location of said nests until after the young have fledged and are mature enough to avoid capture.


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