Monday, December 28, 2009

Owls don’t give frequent flyer miles

I found this story this morning and I thought I would post it for you...Sadie, a Pomeranian, flew when she was snatched by a great horned owl in Davenport, Iowa. According to the Quad-City Times, the owl took the small dog after Sadie was frightened by fireworks and fled into woods. She was carried for more than 20 blocks before the owl lost its grip and Sadie fell to the ground. Fortunately, Sadie suffered only minor physical injuries — a broken tail and minor bruising. A driver saw a dog falling from the sky, got out of her car, and grabbed Sadie before the owl could. Sadie was reunited with her owner.

Great horned owls are one of the largest and most widespread North American owls and hunt from perches by diving down to the ground or by gliding slowly over the ground. The prey is usually killed quickly when grasped by the owl’s large talons. Great horned owls may take prey up to three times heavier than its size.These large Raptors are in your neighborhood as well and if you live in a wooded area I am sure you are aware of them and may have even heard them at night...courtesy of the Alberta Tribune...

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