And no, he's not stuffed. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a live 7 inch or so tall Eastern Screech Owl. He apparently is used for falconry so he catches prey for his owner (mostly grasshoppers and mice and sparrows and stuff). He was very well behaved and sat nicely on his perch. The owner demonstrated his swiveling ability by swiveling the base. The body moved with the base but the head stayed in position. Wish I had a video of that. It was cute.
Zoé wanted to pet it. Adèle was afraid of the hawk who was also there so she didn't even see the owl.
Here's a wide angle picture to show its size.
|Use that Galaxy S III on the table as a comparison.|