I saw this photo online last week, but I had no idea what the exact story was.
Barred owls are pretty common around here. They are actually quite a bit more common than great horned owls, which actually kill barred owls when they move into their territories.
We call them “hoot owls.” That’s because they are most famously known for their hooting call that goes like this:
“Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” (The “all” is kind of guttural “aw” sound.)
I have known that great horned owls eat cats.
But I didn’t know that barred owls would do the same.
I wanted to know the full story behind this photo, but I didn’t find out until this morning.
The Daily Mail reports that this photo was taken in Minnesota. However, it doesn’t report whether it was taken by camera trap or by a lucky photographer.
I don’t know if the owl actually got to eat the cat, but this ought to be a nice little warning:
Don’t let your cats roam, especially at night.
The coyotes might get them.
So might the fishers.
And there are at least two species of owl in North America that have a taste for pussy cat.