Small Animals

Dancing Owl

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Dancing Owl

We’ve all heard the stories about owls being able to turn their heads completely around. As cool as that is, although not entirely true, they can only turn their heads 270 degrees around not 360, a dancing owl is 100% more entertaining than head turning. Dancing owls seem to be more mainstream then anyone had thought. There are quite a number of videos online of dancing owls. More than just this one owl. So that begs the question, what makes these owls want to boogie on down likes it’s disco days?

In my own personal opinion, I think it’s fairly obvious, who doesn’t just sometimes like to let loose. Just like footloose! Okay fine, lets quit with my certainly wrong thoughts about why these owls might possibly be dancing and get down to the real details. Owls have hearing that’s so finely tuned it works better than the most expensive electric guitar tuner. If you’re a musician and you know anything about tuning a guitar, you understand how exact on it needs to be, so you can hit the right chords. An owls ears are different sizes and located on separate places on each side of their head. Basically owls survey environments through auditory sounds. Sounds hit each ear differently and this helps pinpoint exactly where a prey may be hiding.

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If we take all of this information and sum it up into the question everyone is asking, why are these owls moving like jagger. The answer that science would come up and with, and it’s probably the right one, is the owls are trying to hone in on the music. The speakers in the phone distort the sounds enough that the owls can’t seem to pinpoint the exact source which would explain the head bobbing. Maybe we bob our heads for different reasons than the owls do but at least you have some facts. Now that the facts are known we can all go back to pretending that these beautiful creatures really are just…digging the music.

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