wesley the owl

title: Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

author: Stacey O’Brien

genre: Non-fiction, memoir

dates read: April 25th – April 28th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Stacy O’Brien is a wildlife biologist who studied and worked at Caltech.  She was given a unique opportunity to take home an unreleasable baby barn owl.  At four days old, the owl had not yet opened his eyes and imprinted on anyone.  She names him Wesley and recounts the many adventures she has in raising and living with him.  She discovers the myriad intricacies of the personality and emotions of Wesley and shares the hilarious, wondrous, and beautiful.  Living with him for 19 years, they form a very special bond that is only strengthened by their mutual love.

personal thoughts: I was really looking forward to reading this story and knew I would love it before I even cracked the spine.  The obvious love that O’Brien and Wesley have for each other is incredibly endearing.  The way she describes his mannerisms and personality makes me want a barn owl of my own.  She is so understanding of his perspective, and really works on building and keeping his trust throughout his lifetime.  I love our two cats and understand the incredible bond that one has with their animal companions.  Beautiful story, highly recommended read.

favorite quotes:
“Apparently, the world is full of educated adults with mortgages and stock portfolios who think that people are walking around grocery stores with dinosaurs in their arms.” p. 19

“Even though I had been trained to exclude thoughts about spirits and unquantifiable, immeasurable feelings that cold taint scientific conclusions, Wesley’s presence in my life influenced my thinking.  Now I see that to exclude a certain kind of idea is itself creating a bias.  What if the truth screams as loudly as a male barn owl crying for a mate, and we miss it because we have not allowed ourselves to listen to the channel it’s on – or we’ve tuned it out?” p. 177

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