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Creature of the Night

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I have another weird animal tale or should I say tail to tell. It happened around this time of year, last year. I was walking in an area of town with a lot of very tall deciduous trees at dusk. I saw a mom and dad with two little girls who had stopped and were pointed at something behind me. All of sudden, something hit the back of my head with a great thump. Really, it was like being knocked out from behind. Lo, and behold a great barred owl had hit me on the head and sprung off and landed in a nearby tree. He was absolutely beautiful and luckily did not dig his talons into my head.

I tell you if my husband hadn't witnessed this I would have thought it was a dream. The best part is I kept thumping the back of my husband's head so he could have the same experience. He told me he would take my word for it.

After this happened I googled owl attack. Sure enough, young fledgling owls sometimes mistake people for prey. They are practicing and their aim can be off. They particularly favour girls jogging by with bouncy ponytails. They mistake the ponytails for moving mice and such.
I don't have a pony tail but I do have a lot of thick curly hair. Obviously, too tempting for that owl. I still walk in that neighborhood and don't give a hoot about that owl!
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  • DEBBY4576
    Uh oh, I have a lot of curly hair too!! That was a great tale. I suspected the owl had a nest, until you told the truth of what you found out. I am a real bird lover and will add this to my wealth of knowledge. You have experienced something most of us never will. How cool is that??
    2979 days ago
    You're really in touch with nature today!
    2980 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12961730
    Boy that Owl is something, thinking you to be so delicious. I think that would have scared me to death and not go back in that area. To bad you didnt have a camera with you so you could capture this beautiful owl
    2980 days ago
    Interesting story! I seen a couple of owls around here but thankfully, they never tried to attack me. In some cultures, people believe birds are messengers of some sort. I think that very interesting but I don't doubt that that owl thought you were prey. Just thought it would be interesting to share. :)

    Thanks for sharing you tale. :)
    2980 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon so sorry this happen have a peppy day
    2980 days ago
    I bet your head was as big a surprize for the owl as the owl was to you. emoticon
    2980 days ago
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