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Rest in Peace :(

... Snoopy

I can't believe it has happened. I was at work and a lady ran up to me shouting that one of our Snowy owls was dead. I thought, oh don't be so silly, it's probably one of the two we have around the back on the nest. Then she took me in a different direction and I thought no no, Moss was fine this morning when I checked on him and it had only been a matter of minutes. Then she took me to the aviary two aviaries next to Moss. To Snoopy the barn owl (how on earth people get a little brown and white owl mixed up with a giant HUGE pure white owl with black freckles I do not know). She was in the corner and my heart began to race. I shouted to Andy. He rushed over with the keys and went in. She was face down. Dead. Completely still, floppy and just about warm. I couldn't believe it had happened. The poor thing had just started flying on experiences again and she just collasped. We weighed her poor little body and she was only 8 ounces (!!!). They had not being weighing her as she usually comes out of the aviary every day without fail, does her thing and goes back in. They are weighing their birds every day now. She had lost so much weight, but didn't show it. Behaviour, same, looks, same. It was so unexpected. She had been eating with no problem what so ever. We had to wait for all of the guests to leave before we could bury her. She was only eight years old, and very sweet. I'm in so much shock.

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I'm so sorry!! She was a gorgeous bird.. I love Barn Owls.
It's hard when it happens so suddenly like that...
It's good though that they are now weighing their birds regularly so that this doesn't happen again!



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They only reason they stopped weighing is like I said, she was flown from an aviary straight into the arena so she had never really had to be weighed. The falcons and stuff are more likely to wonder but she wouldn't do much. It was just heart breaking. And such a shock

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I have no doubt that it's heart breaking! Especially when you thought she was healthy.



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I know this sounds a bit mean, but it's nothing on when I lost Axel but I guess that was because I'd raised her my self in my own home. I cried when we lost Snoopy but when I lost Axel I became ill. I hate losing anybody in any situation, especially my animals

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Oh Daisy, I'm so sorry. I can't stand losing anybody either, I'm very sensitive to death anymore.
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Rest in peace Snoopy.

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I'm so sorry to hear that... How much do barn owls usually weigh? Eight ounces seems so small...
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Oh no! I'm so sorry! I love owls..
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Thanks everybody. Barnies usually weigh just over a pound or just slightly under. They're not big birds at all. I mean birds of prey aren't that heavy. Chalkie weighs 1.6 pounds haha

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Oh Daisy, that must have just been horrid!

My heart goes out to you all there. Owls are just amazing, stunning critters! We have a Tawny Frogmouth that loves living in our ghost gum out the front of our house. It is no scared of me at all really, I get fairly close and just softly talk and tell it how stunning it is and how honored we are to have it visit.

Listening to you and others here talk about the amazing birds you work with just takes my breath away.

You're an amazing person Daisy. Thank you.
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Thank you so much Shaun! I adore tawny frogmouth's, I met one in Discovery Cove. They sure are beautiful, and tree like if you look at my youtube channel you will see tons of the birds I work with, I'm just starting to build up my video collection. Owls really are something different. Dumb but smart too. I miss my Axel. She sure was gorgeous.














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Oh Daisy, they are amazing! I would love to look after an owl but I believe it's severely frowned upon here in Australia, but one of these days I'm sure I'll work out something

I have had the privilege to look after a few baby Tawny's when I have had the need to help my sister with Animal Rescue, was such an amazing feeling. The boss wasn't too happy though The tiels are about the right size for her any thing bigger scares the crap out of her
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Awwwh haha! You can't actually practice falconry in AU can you? I can't remember. It's such a shame, it's an amazing sport and ever so fun!

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I'm surprised it happened so suddenly and out of the blue RIP
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It shocked me so much, I had never ever expected it

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