- 1 Myths And Superstitions About Owls
- 1.1 Debunking Myths Around Owls
- 2 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Keeping Owls as Pets
Myths And Superstitions About Owls
Owls are a sign of death in many cultures, including some Native American tribes. For instance, dreaming of an owl signified approaching death for Apache people. Boreal owl calls were a call from spirits to the Cree people, and if you answered back to the owl with a whistle and didn’t get a response, it was a sign that your death was imminent. Also, In Nigeria, you will hardly find owl as pets, because people are scared of the predicated and misfortune owl will bring them, On the other hand, Dakota Hidatsa people believed that burrowing owls acted as protective spirits for warriors, so not all owls were bad.
Also, in Western and Eastern Part of Nigeria, Owls are associated with witchcraft, people believed witches could turn themselves into owls, and in this form would come to suck the blood of babies. In other cultures, owls were simply the messengers of witches or hooted to warn of the approach of a witch
For some cultures, the owl was sacred. Among Australian Aborigines, owls are the spirits of women and so are sacred. The Kwakiutl people also thought owls were the souls of people and shouldn’t be harmed because if the owl was killed, the person whose soul the owl carried would also die. In fact, many different cultures believed that a person became an owl after death.
OWLS CAN TURN THEIR HEADS ALMOST ALL THE WAY AROUND—BUT NOT QUITE.
It’s a legend that owls can pivot their heads 360 degrees. The flying creatures can really turn their necks 135 degrees in either bearing, which gives them 270 degrees of aggregate development. As indicated by researchers, bone adjustments, veins with contractile repositories, and a supporting vascular system enable the owls to stop people in their tracks that far without slicing off blood to the cerebrum.
OWL FLIGHT IS SILENT.
Unlike most birds, owls make virtually no noise when they fly. They have special feathers that break turbulence into smaller currents, which reduces sound. Soft velvety down further muffles noise.
OWLS FEED THE STRONGEST BABIES FIRST.
As unforgiving as it sounds, the guardians dependably feed the most established and most grounded owlet before its kin. This implies if nourishment is rare, the most youthful chicks will starve., After an owlet leaves the nest, it often lives nearby in the same tree, and its parents still bring it food. If it can survive the first winter on its own, its chances of survival are good.
OWLS ARE NATURAL PEST CONTROL FOR FARMERS.
Owls eat a lot of rodents. A single barn owl family will eat 3000 rodents in a four-month breeding cycle. One owl can eat 50 pounds of gophers in a year. Many farmers are installing owl nesting boxes in the hopes that owls will clean out pests like gophers and voles from their land. This natural form of pest control is safer and cheaper than using poison, and it’s better for the owls too. Many owls die each year from eating rodents that have been poisoned.
OWLS WERE ONCE A SIGN OF VICTORY IN BATTLE …
In ancient Greece, the Little Owl was the companion of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, which is one reason why owls symbolize learning and knowledge. But Athena was also a warrior goddess and the owl was considered the protector of armies going into war. If Greek soldiers saw an owl fly by during battle, they took it as a sign of coming victory.
… Furthermore, A SYMBOL OF DEATH.
From ancient times on, owls have been connected with death, malicious, and different superstitions. Numerous societies considered owls to be an indication of looming passing. For instance, an owl was said to have anticipated the demise of Julius Caesar. They’ve likewise been related with witches and other alleged malice creatures. While this may seem like Halloween fun, numerous societies still have superstitions about owls and in a few spots, owls are slaughtered in light of these convictions.
Debunking Myths Around Owls
Unfounded superstitions such as these threaten the existence of these silent nocturnal hunters. The myths are enforced by horror films and Halloween decorations in which they are linked to haunting night themes and portrayed as symbols of magic and witchcraft or harbingers of death and destruction.
Even their physical appearance can be frightening to the uninformed – children are often afraid of their wide staring eyes and the tufts of feathers which give them the appearance of horned devils.
Things You Always Wanted to Know About Keeping Owls as Pets
Owls differ greatly from domesticated birds like parrots with regard to their nature. They have distinct and strong personalities of their own. These traits of theirs are not exactly suitable for keeping them as regular pets. Owls need special care and maintenance, which in turn requires a lot of efforts. More importantly, they also need to be happy and not stressed out.
Attached by Nature
Owls tend to get very attached to their caretakers or handlers. Those that have been raised by humans right from the time that they are born find it very difficult if their caretaker is physically absent, which can cause them stress. The reason for this is because owls are naturally anti-social animals, and they form lasting bonds with their mate and family. For captive owls, their caretaker becomes their family. Your owl may not take kindly to being fed by someone else, and chances are that it will be hostile towards the person who comes to give it food.
Another thing to keep in mind is that by nature, owls do not like to be cuddled and hugged. Stroking the feathers is actually not good, as the covering on the feathers that makes them water-resistant wears off when stroked. They may even bite when stroked. Every individual bird’s personality is different. Also, being territorial and possessive of their caretaker, they may not accept another person whom they might consider as a threat. Not accepting may also mean that your pet may attack someone you are close to. They may not necessarily attack every time, but it is in their nature. They are also difficult to train and need a considerable amount of patience and understanding from the caretaker.
Finding a Vet
When it comes to the health of any pet, taking good care and ensuring that the animal is in a proper physical condition is very important. However, in the case of owls, finding a vet who is capable of providing it proper treatment is difficult. You will most probably need to take your bird to the nearest aviary every time it gets sick. Also, if the owl is being domesticated without the proper permits, then the chances of a vet taking the risk of giving it treatment become even slimmer.
Owls are large birds with a wide wingspan that can be as much as 5 feet, which means that their accommodation must be large and comfortable. Hence, a big pen that is minimum 20 feet is required. It is recommended to provide them with a perch that has a specially designed leash instead of keeping them in a pen. One important thing to remember is that owls need to flap their wings a few times before they settle on the perch. If they are unable to do this, they risk of catching a chest infection.
You will need a freezer that can stock raw, whole animals. Owls need raw animals, not store-bought bird feed. You will need to either buy these animals from somewhere or hunt them yourself, gut them, and then feed them to your owl. Thus, be absolutely sure that you are going to be able to do this before considering to pet this bird. If you can, then well and good. This is important because the bird needs this diet. It is what it eats in its natural habitat. And if it is not provided this diet, the bird will become unhealthy and underfed, which is cruel.
Owls Are Illegal to Own as Pets
It is illegal to keep owls in many areas of the world. Those who choose to defy the law and keep an owl anyway face a variety of additional problems. If the bird falls ill, there is usually no choice but to take it to a veterinarian who specializes in raptors. Your standard vet is not specially trained to treat these amazing birds. Taking an owl to a veterinarian puts an illegal owner at risk of being caught, fined and possibly jailed, as you need a permit and extensive training to become a certified and bonded professional raptor handler.