Louise the Eurasian Eagle owl (nicknamed Wee) and Annie the bird dog share a special bond. Here at SFG, we love unlikely animal friendships, and the relationship between Wee and Annie is no exception. This video reminds us that compassion and consideration for others is not a uniquely human trait.
At the time this video was shot, Wee was still a baby, but Eurasian Eagle owls are among the largest species of owls. Adult owls range from 23-29" in length and their wingspan varies between 60-79" but they are typically shy and good natured birds despite their massive size. Their most recognizable traits are their prominent tufted ears and powerful talons. When you consider how her talons are typically implemented in hunting, Wee's tenderness toward Annie is made all the more noteworthy.
Wee and Annie are actually coworkers as well as friends, working for Tactical Avian Predators and Raptor Adventures. The two are involved in falconry and falconry education, but also aid in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), defined on Tactical Avian Predators’ website as "ecologically sound, sustainable, pest control based on ancient falconry techniques, habitat manipulation and a few proprietary but humane techniques to eradicate various types of pest species.” While it is unclear what these two animals specifically do, they spend a fair amount of time together. In fact, there is another video of them hanging out in a car on the way to work that can be found on either of the websites linked below.
Watch the video to witness Wee and Annie's interaction, and don't forget to share your thoughts with us in the comment section.