A father of two filmed the moment an unbelievably cute baby rescue owl played 'peek-a-boo' from inside her flowerpot home.

Michael Stephenson was at Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park, in East Yorkshire, when he spotted the nine-week-old rescue bird, Athena, playing 'now you see me, now you don't'.

The 51-year-old captured the bird's antics on camera last Saturday and said it was the 'cutest thing' he'd ever seen.

Mr Stephenson, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, said: 'I'm a grown man but that's the cutest thing I've ever seen. I thought I was going to explode in a pink puff of smoke. It was just so unbelievably cute.

'People of a certain age will remember Bill and Ben the flower pot men - it reminded me of that.

'She's what's called a "little owl". She doesn't come out often for the public but the team brought her out.

'She was in a little plant pot. It's sort of a comfort bowl while she's growing. They brought her out to feed her and get her some fresh air. She bobbed her head up and down and took a peek at us as if to say "what are all you people doing here?"

'If you looked at the full picture you can see she's barely the size of the keeper's hand. That's just a regular medium-sized plant pot too - she's tiny.'


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