Have you ever wondered what an owl looks like without any feathers? No, us neither actually, but somebody asked and the Internet has delivered. Now we know that owls are at least 90 percent feathers. OK, maybe that’s not scientifically true, but seriously, look how puffy they are!
Owls are, of course, amazing.
They can rotate their head almost 360 degrees, they have lopsided ears – all the better for hearing you with, my dear – and are collectively known as a parliament.
The Internet, however, is freaking out at what they look like naked.
Twitter user Dana Schwartz is obviously of curious, and brave, mind as she googled the now immortal words “what owls look like without feathers”, which produced this image that you now cannot unsee.
Once you get over the unexpected horror and start looking at the specimens, these photos are actually fascinating. Not least because they show just how thick an owl’s feathers must be to basically double the size of the bird.
Jeffrey Meshach, deputy director of World Bird Sanctuary, confirmed to Buzzfeed that these are specimens of barn owl.
“The bird in the center is what a barn owl would look like with almost no feathers,” he said, referring to the second image. “It’s actually a great photo showing how much feathers change the appearance of a bird.”
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