In the famous poem by Edward Lear the owl and the pussy cat marry and dance by the light of the moon.
But as this amazing photo shows, the love and affection expressed by the pair in their beautiful pea green boat does not extend to the battle of survival in the wilds of Minnesota.
This brazen barred owl is pictured grabbing the hapless domestic cat after swooping out of the darkness in a surprise attack. According to nature experts in the U.S., the owl - which is easily identified by its evening call that sounds like ‘Who cooks for you! Who cooks for you!’ – repeatedly drops its oversized prey from high up in attempt to stun it into submission.
It then devours its meal - with not one of Lear’s famous ‘runcible’ spoon’s in sight.The owl is known by other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl.
But it is probably best known as the Hoot Owl based on its distinctive, culinary call which is repeated eight times in sequence. Up to 25 inches in height and with a maximum wingspan of 50 inches, the owl possesses amazing strength for its modest size, and is able to tackle victims weighting far more than its svelte 2.3 lbs.
Cats are something of a special treat for the opportunistic predator, which has a varied menu, preying on mice, shrews, rats, squirrels, rabbits, mink and weasels - as well as birds including woodpeckers, grouse and even fish, turtles, lizards and scorpions.
It is attracted by campfires and street lamps, and recent studies show the woodland creature is increasingly thriving in America’s northwest suburban neighbourhoods.
|Liveleak on Facebook|