There's an owl on my bike!

Definitely the best excuse I've ever had for being late to work.

 

BIKE OWL UPDATE: at the advice of some owl / bird rescue folks we left him alone, and as soon as it started getting dark out he called (screeched, really) for his momma owl to come take care of him. For a while we had TWO owls on my bike! She kept him well fed, and this morning I spotted him hopping away towards a tree, so I think all's well in his world.

 

BIKE OWL UPDATE #2:

 

As seen in New York Magazine's Approval Matrix!! Also seen in The Daily, or so I've heard, which I don't think I have a way to link to!

 

And also picked up by Jalopnik, Fark, Austinist, and by a bunch of nice folks on Tumblr. Oh, and as one of Flickr's Interesting photos.

 

Thanks for all the owl love, everyone!

  • Jenna Cole 4y

    this made me laugh!!great shot!!
  • ulfahlathifah 4y

    makes me say WOW!
  • Marc 4y

    Of course I'M gonna fave this. Too awesome!
  • Duncan Watson 4y

    Just an awesome shot. I am glad the owl was reunited with its mother.
  • DutchRosie 4y

    Wonderful photo! Glad about the happy ending.
  • Alicia 4y

    I love it! Thank you for posting it.
  • providence raptors 4y

    so awesome!
  • Fairy Dogmother 4y

    I'm so glad it was a happy ending! You're a good egg, sir!
  • GoddessJoy Designs 4y

    What a perfect shot, and the situation was handled perfectly as well! I volunteer at a wildlife rehab here in California and this is the time of year when we see lots of fledgling birds, including owls. So many well meaning folks end up doing more harm than good when they find themselves in a situation like this. This little screech owl was lucky in more ways than one!
  • Adam Norwood 4y

    GoddessJoy Designs I'm glad to hear that! The first wildlife rescue place we contacted suggested that we put the little guy into a towel-lined shoebox and bring him inside for the day. But the second said "nah, even baby owls that can't fly can easily take care of themselves with their talons and beaks." I'm glad we went with the second bit of advice, as it worked out exactly as they'd said (and we didn't get a face full of talon and beak :)
  • Johanna Siegmann 4y

    For SURE the best excuse, EVER. Also the cutest!
  • Mark Brown 4y

    Holy smokes! That's crazy but super cool at the same time.
  • Alex Cortez 4y

    oh man, awesome!
  • Adriel Ramos 4y

    That's a cool photo and story!!
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  • Bob Latchaw 4y

    I can't stop laughing at the expression the owl has.
  • -jeanette- 4y

    Bless him. Great picture. And a happy ending. Perfect.
  • Norbert Venne 3y

    Unbelievable! And sooo lovely!
  • Pinku ಌ 3y

    so adorable :D
  • ~~AragornPrime~~ 1y

    fantastic
  • tasos nikolakopoulos 1y

    WOW!
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