This list of 10 things has been hard to put together, I have been planning it for 2 months but needed to find the right time to work on the list and find the photos.
On Saturday 19th November 2011, Ufo our Little Owl (the picture on the Right of my banner) died. I had fed her as normal on the Friday evening and she was fine, on Saturday morning I found her in her nest box. It looked as if she had fallen asleep and did not wake up.
So my list of 10 Things is month is...
10 Things about Ufo:
1. She hatched on 8 June 1996 along with a brother & sister
|This photo was taken when Ufo was 6 weeks old. It was the first time that I had seen her and I fell in love...|
|Ufo at 10 weeks old, she was now starting to bond with me, she would even sit on the glove for short periods of time (plenty of patience was required!!)|
4. When Ufo was 10 1/2 months old DH took her picture for the first time & she cast her spell over him too!
|Ufo's first photo shoot, and she behaved very well. This was to be the first of many photos taken of her in various trees over the years|
|After a quick flight she landed on this candle holder... luckily the candle had not been lit. She was always getting into everything that a Little Owl should avoid!|
|This is not the greatest picture of us, but the only one we have with the Kids... when this picture was taken we were both talking to the kids!|
|Our Little Christmas Fairy|
|Is it a Little Owl or a Drowned Rat??|
|Each year Ufo laid between 3 & 6 eggs, she would then spend 30-40 days sitting on them. Not that the eggs would hatch!|
In many ways creating this list of 10 things was easy, I have so many memories of Ufo, but there are too many to include here today. In another way it was also very hard, especially to realise that she was 1 in a million and no other owl could ever come close to being the big hearted creature that she was.
Over the last 10 months her health had started to decline, she had a cataract in her left eye and was starting to lose the sight in her right eye (if she had not already lost it completely). She was also having problems keeping on weight and I had needed to increase the amount of food that she was given to keep her weight stable.
While writing this list I have rewritten it several times and cried many tears. Despite this, Ufo brought so much joy into my life as well of that of so many other people. She was even partly responsible for getting DH & me together as a couple. How something so small could make such a difference in so many lives I will never know - but she did.
I will always miss her as she was so special, but I know that she is now truly flying free.
Ufo, Little Owl
(1996 - 2011)