VIDEO: Rare Owls That Couldn’t Give 3 Hoots They’re Supposed To Be Extinct

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window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-160618588-3'); By Joseph Golder Three rare Ural owls have found a new home at a Swiss zoo, which is reintroducing the nocturnal birds to Austria, where they have been considered extinct for decades. There has been a 10-year effort to secure this goal. The Zurich Zoo in Switzerland says it “is stepping up its commitment to protecting the species.” The zoo said: “The owl embodies the fascinating characteristics of many owl species in its behavior, anatomy and biology.” The owls are nocturnal hunters and “by shifting their phases of activity primarily to twilight and night, owls have gotten rid of their food competition that was active during the day.” Their main prey are voles, shrews, mice and rats, which are grabbed with large claws. One of the three Ural owls at the Zurich Zoo. They are nocturnal hunters and fly silently. (Zoo Zurich, Enzo Franchini/Zenger) Many of the Ural owls’ physical characteristics are adapted for a nighttime hunt. Owls have excellent ears, even asymmetrical ear openings, to locate the prey animals through their noises. Their broad head and a face veil supports sound perception. “Owls’ eyes are forward-facing, which...