Review: Wesley the Owl, The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien
Author: Stacey O'Brien
Publisher: Free Press, Simon and Schuster August 2008
Labels: Memoir, Owls, Biology, California
Age: Adult, or young adult
Rating: 5 Stars
Wesley the Barn Owl
This book has been in my TBR pile since 2009! Shame on me for waiting so long to read it. This book is awesome, I loved reading it. I've also enjoyed sharing some of the stories I'd read, with my family.
In 1985 a young woman named Stacey O'Brien was working at Caltech as a biologist. Her job was with a group of scientists doing an in-depth study of barn owls. Her boss asked her if she'd adopt a baby owl because it was a mere four days old and had an injured wing. For Stacey it was love at first sight.
Stacy had no idea how long her adopted barn owl would live. Scientists knew how long barn owls lived in the wild, but an owl living in a protected home environment no one knew an answer as to its longevity.
She guessed accurately at its sex, and named him Wesley.
Wow! From page one I began learning about barn owls through a personal story, never was there a dull moment of letting me wander from the page.
- I was fascinated by the education I received on barn owls.
- I was fascinated by the parentage of Stacey for Wesley.
- I was fascinated by the depth of bonding and love between both of them.
A few things I learned:
- Barn owls are not guided by instinct alone, they have emotions.
- Barn owls are sensitive, they can even become embarrassed.
- They mate for life, and can grieve themselves to death when their mate dies.
- Their saliva is acidic, allowing them to digest easily.
- Owls do not need water, all the fluid they need comes from mice.