Wesley the Owl

Wesley the Owl

The Remarkable Love Story of An Owl and His Girl

Book - 2008
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On Valentine's Day 1985, biologist Stacey O'Brien adopted Wesley, a baby barn owl with an injured wing who could not have survived in the wild. Over the next nineteen years, O'Brien studied Wesley's strange habits with both a tender heart and a scientist's eye--and provided a mice-only diet that required her to buy the rodents in bulk (28,000 over the owl's lifetime). She watched him turn from a helpless fluff ball into an avid com#65533;municator with whom she developed a language all their own. Eventually he became a gorgeous, gold-and-white macho adult with a heart-shaped face who preened in the mir#65533;ror and objected to visits by any other males to "his" house. O'Brien also brings us inside Caltech's prestigious research community, a kind of scientific Hogwarts where resident owls sometimes flew freely from office to office and eccentric, brilliant scientists were extraordinarily committed to studying and helping animals; all of them were changed by the animals they loved. As O'Brien gets close to Wesley, she makes astonishing discoveries about owl behavior, intelligence, and communication, coining the term "The Way of the Owl" to describe his noble behavior. When O'Brien develops her own life-threatening ill#65533;ness, the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued from death by the insistent love and courage of this wild animal.

Enhanced by wonderful photographs, Wesley the Owl is a thoroughly engaging, heart#65533;warming, often funny story of a complex, emotional, non-human being capable of reason, play, and, most important, love and loyalty. Translated into eight languages and named an Audubon Magazine Editor's Choice, Wesley the Owl is sure to be cherished by animal lovers everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416551775
Branch Call Number: 598.97 OBR
Characteristics: ix, 229 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Feb 07, 2018

I loved this book about the special bond the author and the barn owl had. I learned a lot about the species and found myself drawn into the story. I have never had an affinity toward birds or fowl, always preferring dogs, cats and horses stories.....but this story really drew me in. One of the other comments mentioned a website. I will visit the website with the color photos of Wesley as I to believe that the black and white photos in the book really don't capture his beauty.

Nov 16, 2017

I really liked this book. I fell in love with Wesley, even though I realize we could never have been friends. lol. I learned a lot about Barn Owls and their devotion to the ones they love. I was sad to finish this one.

Nov 17, 2014

Great memoir of inter-species communication. A fascinating and fun story. Highly recommended.

Jun 23, 2013

Stacy O'Brien, a biologist at CALTEC research facility, gives a home to a disabled owlet that could never be realeased to the wild. 19 years of co-existance, love, and companionship. She sees the intelligence, loyalty and ultimate honest of Wesley and his Way of the Owl.

librarylin19 Feb 14, 2013

The fuzzy little owlet on the cover caught my eye, so I thought I would give this a try. I laughed, I cried, and I learned alot about barn owls too. What an amazing experience Stacey O'Brien had, and lucky for us that she shared it. The photos in this paperback are black and white, they don't do Wesley justice. You can see how beautiful he was in color photos on his website http://www.wesleytheowl.com/
I guarantee you will fall in love with him like I did.

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