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Police officer has adorable conservation with tiny baby owl
This video is a hoot!
Rachel Shapiro
08.31.21

On a warm summer day, two police deputies from Boulder were driving close to a campground. As they drove along the dirt road, they saw a teeny-tiny animal standing in the middle of the road.

They got closer and then saw what the animal was. It was a baby Northern Saw-Whet Owl.

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The owl was clearly a bit lost, and the deputies wanted to make sure she safely got off the road. And so, one of the deputies approached owl.

As the deputy reached the owl, she started talking to her.

“Hey,” the deputy said. “What’s up?”

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Boulder County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

The little owl was surprised to hear a human talking to her, and she started twisting her head around in the cutest ways. The deputy couldn’t help but laugh when she saw that.

She said ‘hi’ again, and the owl’s eyes widened. She was clearly having a great time talking with the deputy!

The deputy stopped filming after this, and she and her partner convinced the owl to get out of the road. The owl flew away to safety.

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The police department provided a bit of background information about the owl in their video description.

“A tiny owl with a catlike face, oversized head, and bright yellow eyes, the Northern Saw-whet Owl is practically bursting with attitude. It has a very sophisticated hearing due to vertically asymmetrical ears and different shape of ear openings,” they wrote. “These Owls hunt mainly at dusk and dawn and most often use the “sit and wait” tactic to drop down onto prey on the ground from low hunting perches. Maybe this little guy is trying to set a trap.”

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After the owl was safely out of the road, the Boulder Police Department posted photos on Facebook.

“Our deputies were driving when they were stopped in their tracks by this young Northern Saw-Whet Owl. After some curious head twisting (on both sides) it flew safely away,” the Boulder Police Department wrote on Facebook.

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Boulder County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

The post quickly viral, receiving more than 10,000 shares. The video of the deputy also went viral, and it has now been viewed more than seven million times.

Clearly, everyone finds this story to be a hoot!

On Facebook, many people imagined what the owl was saying to the deputy. They came up with some hilarious ideas!

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Boulder County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

There were also plenty of owl puns in the video’s YouTube comment section.

We particularly like this reference to the famous Tootsie pop commercial!

Boulder County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
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Boulder County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

Since the video was first posted, it has gone viral, and it has now received over 7 million views. It isn’t hard to see why — it’s completely adorable.

Everything about the video is great, from how seriously the deputy takes the conversation to the owl’s human-like expressions. If you’re in need of a good laugh, this is the video for you.

Check out the video below!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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