Monday, August 13, 2012

Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien

When Caltech student researcher Stacey O’Brien agreed to adopt Wesley, a 4-day-old barn owl with an injured wing, she not only assumed the responsibility for the care of this adorable owlet, but she also agreed to observe and record his behavior as he matured. And Wesley certainly didn’t disappoint. He furnished plenty of material over the years easily filling the pages of this book.

O’Brien’s singular devotion to Wesley throughout his 19-year life provided her with countless firsthand insights into the characteristics and habits of this remarkable and beautiful creature. While fondly describing her unique relationship with Wesley, O’Brien keeps things light with humorous stories of his numerous antics. You’ll be pretty amazed by the things you learn about barn owls--this one in particular.

If you find reading Wesley the Owl a “wise” choice, you will definitely not want to miss out on Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene Pepperberg.

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