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In avian populations sexual dimporphism is "reversed"

Females are typically 1/2 to 2/3rds larger than the males

as opposed to mammal populations where

the opposite is generally true.

 

Carlos weighs a bit over 3 pounds

but he's being fattened up for the winter

when to simulate the way things work

were he on his own, they put him on a diet.

 

Look at those talons.

With something like 200-300 p.s.i.

of crushing power in his talons

Carlos has one heckuva handshake

Human males average around 50 p.s.i.

 

Great Horned Owls are one of

the few animals that will hunt skunk

as they have no sense of smell.

 

GHO's are aggressive enough

they will hunt animals larger than themselves

and eat their kills on the ground without fear.

They have been known to curtail raccoon populations

either by predation or their mere presence.

An adult male raccoon can weigh 20 lbs.

   

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Taken on October 22, 2011