Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

By | July 11, 2019
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl Author Stacey O’Brien
ISBN-10 1416551778
ISBN-13 9781416551775
Year 2009-06-02
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Free Press
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On Valentine s Day 1985 biologist Stacey O Brien first met a four day old baby barn owl a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19 year saga With nerve damage in one wing the owlet s ability to fly was forever compromised and he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild O Brien a young assistant in the owl laboratory at Caltech was immediately smitten promising to care for the helpless owlet and give him a permanent home Wesley the Owl is the funny poignant story of their dramatic two decades together With both a tender heart and a scientist s eye O Brien studied Wesley s strange habits intensively and first hand and provided a mice only diet that required her to buy the rodents in bulk 28 000 over the owl s lifetime As Wesley grew she snapped photos of him at every stage like any proud parent recording his life from a helpless ball of fuzz to a playful clumsy adolescent to a gorgeous gold and white macho adult owl with a heart shaped face and an outsize personality that belied his 18 inch stature Stacey and Wesley s bond deepened as she discovered Wesley s individual personality subtle emotions and playful nature that could also turn fiercely loyal and protective though she could have done without Wesley s driving away her would be human suitors O Brien also brings us inside the prestigious research community a kind of scientific Hogwarts where resident owls sometimes flew freely from office to office and eccentric brilliant scientists were extraordinarily committed to studying and helping animals all of them were changed by the animal they loved As O Brien gets close to Wesley she makes important discoveries about owl behavior intelligence and communication coining the term The Way of the Owl to describe his inclinations he did not tolerate lies held her to her promises and provided unconditional love though he was not beyond an occasional sulk When O Brien develops her own life threatening illness the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued from death by the insistent love and courage of this wild animal Enhanced by wonderful photos Wesley the Owl is a thoroughly engaging heartwarming often funny story of a complex emotional non human being capable of reason play and most important love and loyalty It is sure to be cherished by animal lovers everywhere

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