It's not everyday that a tiny ball of fluff has the power to stop deputies right in their tracks. While such a scenario sounds bizarre, it is in every way possible. Just ask the authorities at the Boulder County Sheriff's Department. On July 21, Boulder County Deputies Dan Walter and Sophie Berman made a startling discovery in the form of a small Northern Saw-whet Owl.
According to Boulder's Daily Camera News, the deputies were driving down a road near Nederlands, CO, when they spotted the small bird standing in the middle of the dirt path. Berman ventured closer to the owl where she was able to snap a few photos and record the owl clucking and tilting its head at her. As is evident in the photos and video, Berman positioned herself very close to the owl who showed no signs of flinching or backing down from the encounter.
Daily Camera spoke with a local rehabilitation coordinator who explained that the bird's seeming intrepidity is characteristic of young Northern Saw-whet Owls. The boldness exemplified by the owl the deputies encountered inspired them to share the moment on social media. After being uploaded to Twitter, the pictures of the baby owl went viral, prompting thousands of shares and comments.
This Twitter post marked the debut of this feathery handful who shot to internet fame overnight.
Berman's video was uploaded to the Boulder County YouTube channel on July 24 where it has accrued a staggering 4.2 million views.