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Owlet

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There are plenty of myths around this mystical and silent bird of prey. Owls (Strigiformes) have already fascinated humans for thousands of years, but both to the good and to the bad. On one side these ghost like hunters have been associated with the netherworld and were part of many superstitions. On the other side the ancient Greeks saw in them their goddess Athene, from which time on they stood for wisdom and education.

There are about 200 different species which are located on every continent except for the Arctic. Even though their ears are not visible their hearing is excellent. The heart shaped facial disc acts as an funnel for sounds, amplifies them and leads them directly to the ears, that are hidden underneath. Thus owls are able to hear and locate their favourite prey – the mouse – even under thick snow. Their eyes too are perfectly adapted to their nocturnal life. They are fixed into their sockets and thus they cannot be moved. This the owl makes up for with her rotatable head, which she can move for up to 270°. In order to not cause any sounds when flying evolution bestowed owls with special feathers. Those are are soft on the surface and comblike on the rims. These swirl the air that way that no sound is being created. Hence the owl is not disturbed by its own flying sounds and prey cannot hear it coming and is easily surprised. Just like any human which the owl passes suddenly, floating noiselessly like a ghost.

Our owlet too is very quiet and calm, still it likes to have company, for example that of its relatives the eagle owl (Kö-F2785 big, Kö-F2795 small), as seen on the last picture.

Size: 18 cm (~ 7.2")
Colour: Brown
Filling: Special polyester fibres
Manufacturer: Kösener Spielzeug Manufaktur

The proceeds of this sale will be donated to a children's charity organisation.

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