Monday, May 21, 2012

Save the Owls, Harry Potter's Faithful Friend

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O.W.L.S. In today's post we're not talking aboutt the Hogwarts exams O.W.L.S.. Nope, we're talking about the beloved creatures of the Harry Potter series who we came to know as messengers, Hogwarts companions, and faithful friends

When the Harry Potter series hit it big, the uproar of interest in owls was overwhelming. Like many fans like myself who yearned for our own Hedwig or Errol, we dealt with that desire by buying a plush version, hand puppet, etc. of Hedwig. However, many single adults and parents took to pleasing their children's desire for a real bird by taking in an owl as a real family pet.

Now that the Harry Potter series has ended, and most owls outlive a child's interest in the series, there has been an emergence of owls being abandoned here in the U.S. and in the UK. Not too long ago, in fact, it became attention-getting news that large populations of owls in India had started to go 'missing'. Though many owls are being dropped off at care shelters, many more are suspected to be left in the wild where they cannot fend for themselves after being cared for by a family in a warm home.

As a fan community, I know many of us simply don't want this part of our Harry Potter legacy to be true - that we don't care about our beloved animal friends. So, what can we do to help the Hedwigs, Errols, and all the rest? It's easy: Reach out! Be a defender of wildlife!

“If anybody has been influenced by my books to think an owl would be happiest shut in a small cage and kept in a house, I would like to take this opportunity to say as forcefully as I can, ‘You are wrong’.” JK Rowling

There are plenty of institutions worldwide, where it's their mission to conserve and keep owls safe. Find one in your hometown or city, look out for issues that concern these precious owls, and take the right steps to preserving them.
  • Instruct other fans who joke or consider getting an owl as a pet that this decision is more harmful than they may believe. We all may love Hedwig but love, in a constricted home, is not what owls need!
Let's educate other fans that these birds
are more than characters in our favorite book series!
Let's make it our mission to help owls!

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