preened the owlet, straightening its maturing
feathers. While the owlet was growing strong,
Papa taught it many important lessons, like
how an owl catches a live mouse, and how it
hoots and hisses and clucks and claps its beak
when in danger.
According to Dr. Dana, “In captivity
Papa has retained his great horned owl
behaviors and attitude, especially regard-
ing humans. That makes him the perfect
surrogate for our baby great horned owls.
Papa teaches the babies exactly
what they should think about
people, and the babies are just as
feisty if not feistier than Papa.”
Over fifteen years ago, Papa
was found on the side of a road.
He had sustained a traumatic
wing injury, most likely the result
of being hit by a vehicle. The
last digit from the tip of his right
wing, sort of like a human thumb,
was amputated in the accident.
healed. Unfortunately, with his wing
edge of their wing feathers, which makes
wing, air no longer flowed smoothly across
completely silent when hunting for prey. Since
However, the center could not use
Papa as an educational animal in programs
too wild. Still, the center
was happy to have Papa
G’Ho. Linda McDaniel,
rehabilitator says, “It’s
Did You Know?
The average great
horned owl is about
20 inches tall with
a 55-inch wingspan.
Papa G’Ho with one of the thirty
owlets he has mentored
Owl wing feathers have a serrated
edge for silent f light.