Video of a Boulder County deputy with an owl at a Colorado campground has gone viral after it was recently posted online by the Sheriff’s Office.
A Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy encountered a baby owl on July 23, 2015. This photo, along with a video, was posted to the office’s Facebook and YouTube pages the following day.
The sheriff’s deputies encountered the young Northern Saw-whet Owl while they were driving near a campground last Thursday, the office wrote on its YouTube and Facebook pages.
This type of owl is common but usually tends to keep to itself, they are also nocturnal.
But on this occasion, the baby owl was standing in the middle of a trail during daylight hours.
In the video, a female deputy can be heard talking to the owl, which in turn seems startled by her sounds and makes noises back at her.
Audubon.org noted that the owl is usually silent but they do communicate using a series of tooting whistles, normally only heard during the late winter and spring.
In the three days since it was posted to YouTube, the video — which was hash tagged #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls — has been viewed more than 1.8 million times. On Facebook, it received more than 1,000 likes and has been shared more than 1,200 times as of Monday morning.
The owl eventually safely flew away, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
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