Jun 15, 2021
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
Posted by Stacey O'Brien

When biologist Stacey O Brien first met a four day old baby barn owl with nerve damage in one wing, she knew he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild, so gave him a permanent home living with her This is the funny, poignant story of their two decades together.On Valentine s Day 1985, biologist Stacey O Brien first met a four day old baby barn owl a fateful enWhen biologist Stacey O Brien first met a four day old baby barn owl with nerve damage in one wing, she knew he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild, so gave him a permanent home living with her This is the funny, poignant story of their two decades together.On Valentine s Day 1985, biologist Stacey O Brien first met a four day old baby barn owl a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19 year saga With nerve damage in one wing, the owlet s ability to fly was forever compromised, and he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild O Brien, a young assistant in the owl laboratory at Caltech, was immediately smitten, promising to care for the helpless owlet and give him a permanent home Wesley the Owl is the funny, poignant story of their dramatic two decades together With both a tender heart and a scientist s eye, O Brien studied Wesley s strange habits intensively and first hand and provided a mice only diet that required her to buy the rodents in bulk 28,000 over the owl s lifetime As Wesley grew, she snapped photos of him at every stage like any proud parent, recording his life from a helpless ball of fuzz to a playful, clumsy adolescent to a gorgeous, gold and white, macho adult owl with a heart shaped face and an outsize personality that belied his 18 inch stature Stacey and Wesley s bond deepened as she discovered Wesley s individual personality, subtle emotions, and playf

  • Title: Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
  • Author: Stacey O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9781416551737
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wesley the Owl The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl When biologist Stacey O Brien first met a four day old baby barn owl with nerve damage in one wing she knew he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild so gave him a permanent home living wit


    I don t know if this should have 4 or 5 stars Amazing literature no Amazing subject matter yes I do believe the author s message is correct Anybody who believes that animals and people really can communicate with each other, can experience a very strong loving relationship with each other, should read this book Communication and understanding does not have to occur through talk If you live with an animal for many years you come to understand just by looking at each other what the other one wants [...]

    Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan Wesley the Owl The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl Nevisande Stacey O Brien ISBN 1416551735 ISBN13 9781416551737 Dar 230 Safhe Saal e Chap 2008

    Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    I LOVED this book The author has a great sense of humor, and shares a lot of her knowledge about owls, which I found fascinating The first few chapters are especially funny I had to put the book down a few times just to laugh til my face hurt You can t leave an owlet with a babysitter, because he will screech and squawk the whole time at an ear piercing level So she took him with her on a first date with a guy she d been really hot for Wesley was a barn owl who had nerve damage in one of his win [...]


    Wesley was a man An Owl man A hunter A protector A fierce protector of his missus He demanded his story to be told The book blurb says it all I won t try to improve on it.What I can add is that Wesley kept me enchanted and mesmerized He had character and a sense of humor He was wise, loyal and highly intelligent.I have read this book several years ago It was a surprising gift from an American friend and I never knew it was going to be such a great delight in my life The book is so precious to me [...]

    Lisa Vegan

    When several of my friends claimed that everyone would love this book, I assumed that statement was hyperbole, even though I was interested in reading it, but now I see why they said that I m sure there are many readers who, in fact, would not like this book, but I think most people will appreciate and be smitten by it I m surprised that there aren t 5 star ratings at only 33% gave it 5 stars and only another 37% gave it 4 stars I loved it and it definitely deserves 5 stars from me.Oh my goodne [...]


    NO SPOILERS For nineteen years, Stacey O Brien cared for an unlikely pet a barn owl whose injured wing meant he never would be able to thrive in the wild This is a heartwarming, amusing, and most of all, fascinating account of one biologist s experience studying a wild owl in the closest way possible by sharing her own home and oftentimes pillow with it over the course of its entire lifespan The experience affected her profoundly Even for readers not especially interested in owls or who don t no [...]

    Li'l Owl

    If there ever was a book for owl lovers this is it It s a truly endearing and educating book Stacy O Brien, a biology research student specializing in wild animal behavior, has an opportunity to hand raise a baby barn owl Wesley was born with nerve damage in one wing, making it impossible for him to survive in the wild This is not something that she takes lightly as the baby, only four days old, will imprint on her and be 100% dependant on her for everything, 24 7, for his entire life.There were [...]


    Wesley the Owl Stacey O Brien wrote this memoir soon after sharing 19 years of her life with Wesley She named him She raised him from a tiny owlet He was hers, but it could be best said, like the subtitle, that she was his There s no denying that substantial bonds can exist between a human and an animal Bonding to dogs and cats, those are the obvious I would not have thought it to be true for a wild owl O Brien proved that it is than possible In truth, their relationship should not be compared [...]


    Wesley the Owl the story of biologist Stacey O Brien and her adoption of a 4 day old baby barn owl The book is a retelling of the 19 years spent caring and loving for this animal and of the love and bond the two of them shared.My favorite line from this book Live your life not by staying in the shallow, safer waters, but by wading as deep into the river of life as possible, no matter how dangerous the current We have only one chance at this life I have this abnormally large soft spot in my heart [...]


    I started this book one night intending to read just the first chapter before bed I had to force myself to put it down at chapter six lest I miss out on a good night s sleep I ve never been a bird person, but O Brien s heartwarming account of her life with Wesley the Owl may make me a convertr owls at least O Brien mixes scientific fact with personal anecdote in a way that is clear and compelling By the end, you feel like you ve learned something about owls, but most of all, you ll have experien [...]


    Okay, one thing I ve learnt from this book is that if you want to adopt an owl it s best to be a biologist, and experienced with working with birds, and be prepared to go to any lengths to keep it happy Stacey was all of these things.Wesley developed from being a fluffy ball of cuteness into being a fully mature adult male owl He saw Stacey as his mate in every sense of the word , and he really didn t like other people very much at all He was utterly endearing with Stacey though, giving her cudd [...]

    Doug Bradshaw

    It s easy to think of animals as simple creatures with various survival instincts built into their systems, certainly not capable of much than eating, mating and surviving in their various habitats But raise a baby owl and live full time with it and become its virtual mate, and it becomes apparent that there s way going on in their brains and lives than imaginable In fact, this owl Wesley communicates with the wonderful Stacey in almost every imaginable way including love, warmth, protection a [...]

    Virginia Messina

    I loved reading about Stacey O Brien s experience in raising a barn owl And, I learned a great deal about owls and about the challenges of living with an animal whose wild instincts can never be completely tamed The writing is not great, and sometimes it s actually pretty bad, especially when the author recreates dialog In some cases conversations are so awkwardly placed in an obvious attempt to make a particular point, that they sound like a very low budget public service announcement And the e [...]

    Lance Greenfield

    EnchantingThere are already hundreds of reviews of this book on , so I shan t repeat the storyline for you However, for those of you who have any feeling for the amazing stories of relationships between animals and humans, this is a must read Stacey and Wesley live their lives together from the time that the owl is four days old They form such a very strong relationship that they converse with each other, and share each other s emotions, happy and sad The story is beautifully narrated, with sent [...]


    A big thank you to one of my reading buddies, Lisa V, and others on Comfort Reads for suggesting I read this book It was so wonderful that I need a few days before I can start another book.Wesley is a 4 day old baby barn owl suffering nerve damage to one of his wings, hence he is unable to survive in his natural surroundings in the wild Fortunately for Wesley he lands at Caltech after being found on the ground by hikers From Caltech, he is taken home by one of the biologists, Stacey O Brien What [...]


    I ve always had a fascination with owls When I was growing up there was an owl that lived in the tree outside my bedroom window I used to smile laying in bed waiting to drift off because I knew the soft hooting would never fail to lull me into a great restful sleep That owl was my night time companion for a number of years I bought this book because I thought it would evoke some pleasant memories of my owl Unfortunately the book sucked The 2 revelations that hit the reader mid book are never hav [...]

    Tamora Pierce

    This is the story of a girl and her owl How could I resist Stacy O Brien was working in the Caltech biolabs when she was offered the chance to rear and report on a baby barn owl who had nerve damage in one wing and was not likely to survive in the wild She hadn t done owls before, but she was than willing to try, and took in the three day old owlet she named Wesley She was in her early twenties.The book is not only a series of funny anecdotes about life with an intelligent and proprietary preda [...]


    This book was filled with lots of interesting information about owls and barn owls in particular, but the human, emotional side of it made it that much better Maybe I was feeling especially emotional when I read the book, but I just adored the book, the author and the owl I would recommend this book to anyone who has a very special animal connection.


    Who doesn t like owls How can you not, they re majestic like Kookaburras The first 100 pages flew by in 3 hours Every time I saw a pic of Wesley I thought he s so fucking adorable And the authorStacey O Brien is cute to boot too Such great stories and funny bits like the guy that came over and wanted to see Wesley but it had to be under the condition that he sit dead still under a doona blanket with just his eyes peeping out And Stacey left him there in the room, she went away for 45 minutes Tur [...]


    Wow, wow, wow This is one of those books which, after you have completed it, you need a bit of recovery time to come back to the real world This is so well written, and such a touching memoir The author s dedication to this little guy for 19 years is outstanding The synchronicities that happen in the author s life, those odd coincidences that seem to pop up with great meaning, are equally amazing and speak to the author s spiritual nature this is not a religious book by any means, but the author [...]


    I just read this book in a few hoursI have been sick in bed all day with nothing else to do, and it was impossible to put down.Not only is it just a cute story of an owl and his girl, but a learning experience because she is a biologist, and adopted Wesley to get to observe barn owl behavior first hand.I just love when a book teaches me things, especially about animals And I think one of her main points was to show that animals of all sorts have emotions that are sometimes even sensitive than o [...]


    I picked this book up because of the adorable picture on the cover The title didn t give me much hope that it would be good, but I was pleasently supprised The star of the book is Wesley, a smart barn owl who s antics were a joy to read From the first moment the author sees the helpless baby she fell in love , and in reading along, so did I I found myself continually stoping to share both odd scientific facts I was learning, as well as beautiful pictures of Wesley scattered throughout the book.T [...]


    3.5 Owls are beautiful creatures so it was fascinating to read about one that lived with a human We get an inside look and it is quite a sweet story.


    If you re interested in owls or even if you re not this is a terrific book Solid 4.5 stars Believe it or not, it s a real page turner It ll make you laugh, it ll make you cry, and you ll learn a ton in the process Highly recommended non fiction


    Ohhhhh, I love owls so much Especially barn owls I want to buy this

    Karen Mace

    I really loved the story of Wesley and the 19 years that Stacey O Brien got to share with him and to witness his behaviour at first hand quirks and all He is an amazing character and the author has a great way of telling their story and you learn so much of barn owls in this book As she is a biologist she understands their behaviour and from the moment she takes him in as 4 day old owlet with no chance of him surviving in the wild due to nerve damage in his wing, they both go on an amazing journ [...]

    Jessie (saxgrl1)

    I was a little hesitant to read this book I work at a wildlife rehabilitation center and I ve seen some awful things that people have done wild animals that they tried to take care of I ve also worried that this book might give people the go ahead to try and raise owls themselves While the author does mention Author s Note that it is illegal to take care of any bird or wild animal , that point seems to be lost in the rest of the book On the other hand, I think some people may see the intensity a [...]


    I started reading this on the recommendation of several animal loving friends I must admit to feeling some trepidation after reading a blurb about the thousands of mice the author had to kill in order to feed Wesley over an almost 20 year period However, I was definitely interested in knowing about these beautiful and mysterious, nocturnal creatures.The author writes with an engaging and very readable style Her anecdotes of daily life with a newly adopted 4 day old, orphaned and nerve damaged o [...]


    Awe inspiring wonders, so prevalent in nature, often go unnoticed in today s hustle and bustle technological driven world And many in the scientific arena are so bent on packaging everything into logical boxes they miss the beauty of the miraculous However, Stacey O Brien dared to venture outside the box, and she was forever changed Wesley changed my life He was my teacher, my companion, my child, my playmate, my reminder of God Sometimes I even wondered if he was actually an angel who had been [...]

    Lynn Wilson

    What a wonderful surprise this book was I picked it up because I saw the cover in the bookstore window thank you Elliott Bay and it turned out to be one of those could not put it down books As the title states it really is a love story, a remarkable one, between the author and a barn owl that she rescued and raised This is not a feat to be undertaken lightly O Brien is a biologist and was working in an owl research facility at the time Her nineteen year life with Wesley is a heart warming tale o [...]

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