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PostSubject: Let's Owl Be Friends   Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:37 pm

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1583265.ece There are a couple of pictures.

A GREYHOUND and an owl have formed a bizarre friendship at an animal centre.

Six-month-old pup Torque adopted tiny baby owl Shrek when she was taken from her mother for her own protection aged just three days.

Keepers feared Shrek’s mum would eat her first offspring if she became stressed.

Adoptive dad Torque is now guarding the rare long-eared owl at the home of head falconer John Picton.

They even spend their evenings together watching EastEnders and Coronation Street.

Shrek is free to roam the lounge as she strengthens her legs and often snuggles up to Torque on the sofa.

John said: “Their relationship is so unusual but also rather sweet.

“Torque seems to have adopted Shrek as his daughter and is now very protective. He follows her around at home and keeps his eye on her.

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“They play with each other in the evenings while I’m watching television and it is an opportunity for Shrek to wander and strengthen her legs."

Outdoors at the Ringwood Raptor and Reptile Centre in Hampshire’s New Forest, they often sit together, with the greyhound guarding his feathered friend.

Their friendship started slowly as John introduced the unlikely pair gradually – first by feeding three-inch-high Shrek her meals of marsh rats and quail in the same room, and then holding them close so Torque could smell her.

Seems like it wasn't such a bird-brained idea.

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PostSubject: Re: Let's Owl Be Friends   Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:02 pm

Aw how cute. I couldn't do that with Aiden. He'd accidentally kill his little friend, kind of like Lenny did in Of Mice and Men.

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PostSubject: Re: Let's Owl Be Friends   Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:28 pm

Yeah, he would. And he'd be heartbroke.

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