These photos of the burrowing owl were taken while I was attending an event at the High Desert Museum.
I prefer to take my photos of animals in the wild, but this little owl was just sooooo cute. They are only about 9″ tall and are one of the smallest owls.
None of the animals cared for at the High Desert Museum can be released to the wild. Most of them were rescued after being injured and many of the birds cannot fly due to their injuries. Other animals rely on the staff at the museum just to survive because they never learned how to hunt or avoid predators.
When people take young animals from their parents, these animals become “imprinted” on humans and can no longer survive in the wild.