Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl


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On Valentine's Day 1985, biologist Stacey O'Brien first met a four-day-old baby barn owl -- a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19-year saga. With nerve damage in one wing, the owlet's ability to fly was forever compromised, and he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild. O'Brien, a young assistant in the owl laboratory at Caltech, was immediately smitten, promising to care for the helpless owlet and give him a permanent home. Wesley the Owl is the funny, poignant story of their dramatic two ...

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Sep 22, 2011

Fabulous Read!

This is not only a wonderful and true animal book, it's one of the best books I've ever read! Wesley is amazing and the author is a great scientist and writer, I'd recommend this book to anyone, whether you are a bird lover or not.


Mar 1, 2010

Very smart, goes to the heart

This is one of the best human-with-animal memoirs I've read. The author is smart, a scientist and an excellent writer. I felt I got to know both her and her owl intimately. Touching story and illuminating.


Apr 23, 2009

Superb owl/human story!

This is a story of a woman who adopts a baby owl. She and the owl live together for about 20 years before the owl passes away. O'brien does a beautiful job of describing the antics and surprisingly unique personalitiies of owls. At one point, she describes her owl as a "cat with wings". This book is very enjoyable and easy reading.

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