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|WESLEY THE OWL is a heart-wrenching and heart-felt story of the deep, reciprocal, and enduring emotional bonds that developed between Stacey O'Brien and her long time friend. It's an inspiring example of how animals are able to reveal to us who they really are and who we really
are when we allow them to express themselves openly and safely. Profoundly passionate and personal, this remarkable book shows how we can all increase our compassion footprint in a human-dominated world. Read it and share widely. I sure will. Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado; author of THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF ANIMALS, ANIMALS MATTER, and WILD JUSTICE: REFLECTIONS ON EMPATHY, FAIR PLAY, AND MORALITY IN ANIMALS (forthcoming)
The best of love stories between two intelligent beings, told (by the human) with good humor and remarkable insights into the mind of an owl- I couldn't put it down.
The Singing Life of Birds-- An Intimate Guide to the Private Lives of Birds: How, When, Why, and Where Birds Sing-- The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong. Professor Emeritus at the University of Massechusetts, Amherst, visiting fellow at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
"I LOVE Wesley the Owl! Not since Konrad Lorenz have I read such an honest, vivid, and revealing account of the rich and complex life of an individual bird. Stacey O'Brien has captured the essence of the soul of an unforgettable owl. Affectionate, quirky, joyous and wise, Wesley shows us the Way of the Owl - the way to God and grace. This book is destined to become a classic, and will deepen importantly the way we understand birds."
- Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
Most "me and my bird" stories are mildly entertaining at best, but Wesley the Owl is a different animal altogether. Stacey O'Brien got to know this owl with a unique combination of deep scientific understanding and rare emotional intensity, and the result is stunning, unforgettable. Read this book and you will never see owls, or humans, in the same light again.
Kenn Kaufman - author of Kingbird Highway, and Flights Against the Sunset
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|Wesley the Owl
by Stacey O' Brien
The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
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Written with the same heartwarming sentiment that made the memoirs Marley and Me and Chosen by a Horse runaway bestsellers, biologist and barn owl expert O'Brien chronicles her rescue of an adorable, abandoned baby barn owl - and their astonishing and unprecedented nineteen-year life together.
Wesley the Owl is a love story that begins when a young, compassionate biologist adopts a baby bird--and unknowingly embarks on a relationship that will last almost two decades.
Told with both wit and wonder, this memoir relates the touching, frustrating, and funny events of Wesley's "growing up." After being rescued from a fall that ensures he will never be able to survive in the wild, Wesley finds a new home with biologist Stacey O'Brien. With affection and a scientist's eye, O'Brien narrates Wesley's growth from a helpless ball of fuzz to a playful and clumsy adolescent--and finally to a macho adult owl who admires himself in the mirror, eats up to six mice a day, and objects to any other male (animal or human) invading "his" territory. Along the way, Wesley's caretaker makes important discoveries about barn owl behavior, intelligence, communication skills, and emotions. Ultimately, the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued by the insistent love and protective strength of this wild animal. O'Brien's anecdotes are enhanced by wonderful photos of their life together.
By turns playful and informative, Wesley the Owl is a surprising story of a complex non-human being capable of reason, communication, love, and loyalty--it is sure to be cherished by animal lovers everywhere.
STACEY O'BRIEN is a biologist, wildlife rescuer, and animal rehabilitation expert specializing in owl research. She lives in California.
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Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
“Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien, is the spunky, undeterred, smart, resourceful, and endearing battle of wits between human and owl. Readers’ emotional investment in this true story grows with each page. Intelligent,20 informative, and image-filled, the book is spiked with comical and outright hilarious accounts, as well as poignancy and heartbreak. “Normal” life for this single, attractive, and bright young woman, who is a biologist and wild animal behavior specialist, was put on hold for nearly 20 years. Everything revolved around her responsibility to Wesley. But the tradeoff was a life enriched beyond measure by their unusual bond a daily accumulation of irreplaceable moments. Like the owl hug. A magical and breathtaking expression of trust. This exceptionally well-written love story will wrap its arms around you, too.