Are you ready for another page from the book of Awesome and Unlikely Interspecies Friendships? Sure you are!
Meet Willow the Barn owl and Merlin the Lurcher. They became fast friends 3 months ago at the falconry center in Corwen, Denbighshire, Wales, where they live. The owl’s handler Lorwi Peacock says the special relationship started when she was exercising Willow while Merlin was being taken on his daily walk. [Lorwi is training Willow to fly down the aisle at weddings to deliver the rings. How’s that for an awesome mental picture?] Now the bird likes to ride on Merlin’s back with her wings outstretched as he goes for a run. Luckily, Merlin doesn’t seem to be bothered by his small feathered passenger one bit!
“They are inseparable. People always stop and smile when they see them going by,” remarks Peacock.
Photos by Andrew Price
[via Quigley’s Cabinet]
Now let’s all join hands and beseech the gods of the internets to post video of this pair in action… The photos are plenty awesome, but we need to see an owl with her wings outstretched riding a running dog.