Wesley the Owl

Wesley the Owl: the Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl, by Stacey O'Brien

In 1985, a young Caltech biologist took home a newborn barn owl with a damaged wing.  He would never be able to live in the wild, so Stacey adopted him.  For the next 19 years, Stacey and Wesley were best friends.

O'Brien describes Wesley's life with great love and with scientific accuracy, introducing the rest of us to the world of barn owls.  It's completely fascinating, and also hilarious, and also tragic.  Wesley communicated in great detail with Stacey, had interesting preferences and a lot of emotions, and eventually helped her get through some extremely rough health problems.

Loved this book, am going to make my kids read it -- anybody who remotely likes animals will love it.  I am not an animal person and I did.  Oh, and Jim Henson studios is making a movie of it, so if you read it now, you'll be right on trend!

Here's a video with some nice pictures and footage:


  1. Watched the video you posted.
    Crying my eyes out.
    Adding book to my TBR.


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