The Caring Owl
About 4 years ago on a farm in South Africa a woman made friends with a spotted eagle owl that showed up on their farm unexpectantly. When the owl became injured it was kept it inside the house for a couple of months until it was well again. During that time one of their old cats found out that no other cats were allowed in the study where the owl was kept while recuperating and she moved in. They allowed this because the cat 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 that was hand fed to them together. Once the owl was ok again it was let out, but it still comes and sleeps inside during the day, going back out and hunting freely at night. Currently they have another injured owl that he has adopted and feeds regularly with about 2 rats an evening.
Recently the woman was working late in her study one night when the owl came in with a rat. She presumed that he were going to feed it to the injured owl, but much to her surprise he flew towards the cat that was sitting on the sofa and tried offering the rat to her. Fortunately she was lucky enough to be able to take a couple of pictures of the whole incident.
The woman could only find one other instance where an owl befriended a cat, but 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.
The owl also made friends with an injured crow for about 3 days until the crow got better and started making a terrible nuisance of himself. The crow was released after about 3 months and hooked up with another crow on the farm and is now living freely also.
What makes this owl so interesting is that it is free to come and go as it pleases and lives as close to a natural life as possible. The woman has in no way tried to train him and everything that he does comes natural. She is not in favor of keeping birds, or any other animal for that matter, caged up and releases all injured birds if at all possible.