Owl ‘Swimming’ for its Life.
Derrick Zuk and his friends were hiking through a canyon in Lake Powell between Utah and Arizona when they saw something unusual: a young Great Horned Owl in the water.
The feathers of these birds are not water-proof, and owls are not known for voluntarily swimming, so this little fellow was simply swimming for its life…
It is suspected the young owl had fallen out of the nest or faltered during an early test flight. In the West especially, great horned owls nest on ledges on cliffs, often in other birds' nests that they take over.@naturehi
For those commenting that they should have helped, please consider for a moment the added stress of being handled by humans and the chance of injury to the owl, especially if startled and panicked. It was sensible not to intervene at that moment in time, as land was nearby. Had the owl been physically drowning and unable to make it, I have no doubt that the men would have intervened. Follow @naturehi for more