454. Cat and Ducklings
456. Squirrel Learns to Purr
I am from South Africa and about 4 years ago made friends with a spotted
eagle owl that showed up on our farm (most probably it was rehabilitated by
someone). The owl got injured and I kept it inside for a couple of months until
it was well again. During this time our one old cat found out that no other cats
are allowed in my study where I kept the owl and she moved in. I allowed this
because she has never in her life caught a bird or mouse and was not interested
in the owl at all.
During this period the owl got used to her and they regularly ate steak out of
my hand together. Once the owl was OK again I let it out, but it now comes and
sleeps inside during the day, hunting freely at night. At the moment I have
another injured owl that he adopted and feeds regularly (about 2 rats an
The other night I was working late in my study when the owl came in with a rat.
I presumed that he were going to feed it to the injured owl, but much to my
surprise he flew towards the cat that was sitting on the sofa and tried offering
the rat to her. Fortunately I was lucky enough to be able to take a couple of
pictures which I include here.
I could only find one other instance where an owl befriended a cat, but I could
nowhere find a picture or anything about an owl bringing a mouse or rat to a
cat. Unfortunately for the owl, the cat just sniffed at the rat as she has never
eaten something like that before. The owl is however aggressive towards all
other cats and will even swoop down and attack them if they come to close to his
nesting box in the tree. He however accepts this cat even near his nesting box.