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Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien
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Aug 19, 09

bookshelves: adult, contemporary, nonfiction, ya-yr
Read in August, 2009

This is the story of a girl and her owl. How could I resist? Stacy O'Brien was working in the Caltech biolabs when she was offered the chance to rear and report on a baby barn owl who had nerve damage in one wing and was not likely to survive in the wild. She hadn't done owls before, but she was more than willing to try, and took in the three-day-old owlet she named Wesley. She was in her early twenties.

The book is not only a series of funny anecdotes about life with an intelligent and proprietary predator. O'Brien fits in plenty of information about mishaps with visitors at the labs, information on barn owls and other owls, information on the California sea coast, and wild habitat problems in the state. But don't worry: there's plenty of fun. It was the segment in which she discovers Wesley is a boy that sold me on the book (there are few ways without surgery to sex a bid). There is Stacey's discovery that only a man who can live with her very territorial owl will do for her. And there is Wesley's comfort and help when Stacey becomes ill.

There is a sad ending--owls only live 15 years--but you can stop reading before then. The pictures aren't the best in paperback, but they do give you some of Wesley's charm, and the book is a wonderful, fun read!
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