Lovely Owl: Molla Is The Cuttest Animal Of The Day [Video]

Cats are at the top of the list “The loveliest videos”, however, owls are not to go back a step.

On the video you can see an owl named Molla, among the other owls of different species. Molla loves to get the attention from people. She seems to be cherishing the moment of being pet on her head, and she seems to be in a happy state of mind.

This irresistible baby owlet measures only 3.25 inches tall and is 2.75 inches long across the base and is just over 1.5 inches wide from front to back. It is in great shape with no chips, cracks or damage.

Video has gotten more that 2 million views for a couple of days. Molla has spawned a fan club and even has her own Facebook tribute page.

The  footage was shot at ‘i falconieri delle Orobie’, a medieval falconry event in the northern Italian municipality of Biassono, near Milan, a celebration of birds of prey was held a few days ago.

Among the stars of the show were a number of owls, falcons, hawks, and vultures. Yes, it’s absolutely correct. Even vultures were included!

Last year India’s environment minister warned that the craze for owl pets caused by Harry Potter mania was a threat to the country’s 30 species.

Owls are birds who known for their distinct calls, nocturnal way of life and silent flight. Owls are familiar to many people because the image of an owl is often depicted in various ways in nowadays culture.

They stand together with bats and spiders in the list of the most popular Halloween creatures. These birds also appear as wise and noble characters in many children’s stories and cartoons such as Winnie the Pooh, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and Harry Potter.

But how much do we know about the owls? There’re some facts about this creatures. Well, let us check our knowledge.

  1. Today more than 150 species of owls exist in the world, and some counts indicate more than 220 species depending on how different owls are classified. And only 19 species can be found in North America.
  2. All owls have upright posture and forward-facing eyes that give them a kind of binocular vision, which is similar to humans.
  3. Many species have asymmetrical ears of different sizes and different heights on their heads. That is why the owls have superior hearing and the ability to find the location of its prey, even if they can’t see it.
  4. The eyes of an owl are surrounded by bony eye sockets and it cannot turn its eyes. However, owls can rotate their heads up to 270 degrees, but they cannot turn their heads all the way around.
  5. Owls have been found about 58 million years ago. The largest recorded owl fossil, Orinmegalonyx oteroi, stood about three feet tall.

However, the image of an owl is often connected with some superstition.

For centuries, all over the world, hooting owls was supposed to be bad luck. People believed that hooting can cause sickness, such as tonsillitis. Parents thought their babies would have trouble if an owl hooted when the baby was born.

Well, let’s hope that these superstitions are just a kind of a myth. How can such a cute owl as Molla can cause any harm? It seems to be impossible. [Via Huff Post, and About]

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