A Five Star Pick
As an owl fanatic, I needed to read this book—even though the star was not a Barn Owl. What an entertaining read! I enjoyed it on the beach in the South and it was a perfect book to sit back with. It is a real-life account of a guy who decides to adopt an owl, first in his apartment (for a few years), then moving with her to the country-side. Needless to say, Windrow keeps you interested and has many funny anecdotes of his loveable Mumble. In England, Tawny Owls are more common and so Windrow takes on the challenge to have one as a pet. You can just imagine how it was like to keep his owl a secret from the landlord or all the adventures of feeding her and keeping her entertained in her own “home-made” pen. There were many times that Mumble was allowed to fly free in the apartment and keep Windrow company when he shaved. She became quite attached to him as she matured and soon, no one was able to come over without being attacked by her! After a 15-year relationship, Mumble’s time had come but her death was considered premature and unfortunately, points to a suspicious action from strangers who “thought they were helping”. As with every pet memoir, an animal’s passing is inevitable, but the way Mumble died had made me angry. It seemed unfair. The ability for Windrow to own a bird of prey was due to the fact that his brother had a bird sanctuary and cared for many wild fowl when they were injured or sick. He makes sure to point out that owning owls as pets is not encouraged and if someone were to find one hurt, the best option would be to bring it to an animal association who could properly care for the bird. The first owl memoir I read made me fall in love with owls in general (Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl) and it is clear from both books that even owls have unique and individual personalities.