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Be wise as an owl — check for facts

September 22, 2012
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

GREAT HORNED OWLS are big. Standing about 22 inches tall, these silent flyers can observe a mouse crossing a highway, grassland or open field, then quickly set a glide path to intercept it. Numerous soft feathers on its wings leading edge muffle and sound of wind passing the wing. Therefore a very silent approach is made to the unsuspecting prey animal. Once very close to its prey, the owls legs drop down and the talons of its toes open and spread wide to catch its meal. Upon impact, the talons close full circle into the flesh of the mouse, squirrel, rabbit, cat, or skunk.



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