Owl Presentation at a Zoo Goes Horribly, Horribly Wrong

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barn owlWhen you take your kids to the zoo, you expect to teach them a thing or two about animals, maybe a little something about the circle of life, feed them some cotton candy, and call it a day. But if you happened to be in a zoo in England yesterday, you got a little more for your money. Not in a bad way, necessarily, but there were reports that women and children "left in tears." Guess that's bound to happen when folks witness a falconry exhibit go wrong and an innocent barn owl, who was obeying the zookeeper one minute, is devoured by a lion the next.

Whoops! That wasn't supposed to be in the show.

The Sun reports that the owl got distracted during the exhibition, possibly due to a camera flash, flew out of the arena, crashed into a glass window, landed momentarily on the roof of the meerkat enclosure, then took perch on a ledge in the lion's den.

Before you could say what the fudge?!, a lioness knocked the 9-year-old owl off the ledge and a male lion pounced on it and gobbled it right up. (So typical -- amirite ladies?)

Naturally, some zoo-goers were horrified at what they saw -- I can imagine it was all very unexpected. But hey, that's life. Lions eat owls and things don't always go as planned. There's a lesson to come out of this terrifying zoo trip for the kids, after all.

Oh, and parents, there's one for you, too -- don't take a picture when they say not to, lest you want to be the one to explain to Junior that it was your fault the lion's now burping up feathers.

Have you had any dramatic zoo outings?


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zraunt zraunt

Ah damn. Not a whole lot you can say to this.

Saerise Saerise

The only remotely dramatic zoo outing I ever had was when the giraffes at the St. Louis zoo were getting it on hardcore and making baby giraffes.

nonmember avatar r0sal1n3

I took my baby to the zoo when she was 19 months with her grandparents. We were at the bears exhibit posing for pictures with a fake bear statue. Her grandpa was holding her over his shoulder standing next to the bear. As I press the flash button, the picture came out with her right index finger picking her nose and her left index finger poking into the bears nose! That's a photo for our family album.

Melis... Melissa042807

While visiting Sea World in San Diego, we witnessed a male Beluga trying to get it on with another male Beluga. It was mostly adults at the underwater viewing window, and the only kid present called out loudly "Mommy! It's pooping!" All the adults were trying SO HARD not to bust a gut laughing for the sake of the kid!

nonmember avatar Tonya

When I was a kid we were at a zoo watching a baby monkey terrorize the crap out of his mother. He wouldn't quit.....biting, slapping, climbing on her, bouncing off of her. She would push him away and he'd come back for more. And then, mama snapped and it was ugly. She held him down as she bit his ear and he cried screamed. I was terrified that she was going to bite it off. She finally let him go and he ran off and found a place far away from her to rub his little ear. That was over thirty years ago, and I'm still traumatized by it!

toria... toriandgrace

I had this happen on a smaller scale. We were at a farm field trip with my daughter's daycare when the baby chick flew out of my hands and a cat pounced on it and took off. I was shocked. I didn't think any of the kids saw it, but on the way home, chatting about the chicks, a four year old said "yeah and then the cat bit it!" Oops!

Mommy... MommyMeggyG

The only thing I can think of is the monkeys performing oral right next to the glass where little kids were standing and the gorilla was masterbating.

hanna... hannah_01

who puts owls in the same cage as lions anyway

nonmember avatar Kier

When I was 5, my parents and grandparents took my sisters and I to the Toronto Zoo. Three teenage boys had biked around the zoo perimeter, hopped fences, and found the white wolves exhibit (which could only be usually seen by zoo visitors from above while riding the monorail). The boys hit the cage with sticks, poking the wolves, and ended up mauled, bit, etc. They were being loaded into ambulances when we arrived, and we saw bloody, mangled boys. It was AWFUL.

Boobo... Boobookittt74

Wow that woulda been a memorable zoo trip

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