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Going Wild: Barn OwlUPDATED 9:00 PM HST May 09, 2014Video Transcript
daytime. But that's how one...was spotted and saved right here in Hawaii. KITV 4's Ashley Moser is Going Wild with a barn owl named Bubo! 52 122 12:43 "THERE WAS A TREE THAT FELL ON THE WIRES AND THEY HAD TO CUT IT BACK. AND THEY FOUND THIS HOME WITH A LITTLE BABY IN IT. HE WAS STILL IN HIS DOWN FEATHERS JUST A LITTLE GUY." 12:53 But look at him now! Bubo the barn owl is heathy and strong and almost at full plumage today. He lives here at the Honolulu Zoo... because right now... it's illegal to release him into the wild. His species was deliberately introduced to Hawaii in the 50s to deal with agricultural pests on farms. These guys feast on rodents...but now they are doing more harm than good. 24:21 "I GUESS THEY'VE FOUND OUT THAT THEY ARE DOING MORE TO THE INSECTS. SO IT KIND OF DEFEATED THE PURPOSE OF BRINGING THEM IN." 24:26 The owls also pose a serious problem for Hawaiian bird species....taking food away from the native birds. And they're good at it... Attacking prey with their sharp helix ... 22:18 "IT IS THE LOCKING MECHANISM OF THEIR CLAWS IN ITSELF. THAT'S WHEN THEY GRAB ON TO SOMETHING THEN CLICK...SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT LOOSING IT." 22:30 They also have ridiculously accurate hearing. The heart shape feathers around their face serves as a kind of listening cone ...helping the owls pinpoint sound around them. 15:48 "BECAUSE THEY ARE NOCTURNAL THAT'S WHAT THEY DEPEND ON. IS THE HEARING. AND THEN THEY FLY IN REAL SILENT RIGHT? AND GO IN SOMETHING THAT'S UNEXPECTED." 15:57 Standup Ashley 10:28 "IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT BUBO'S PRIMARY FEATHERS THEY'RE SERRATED WHICH BREAKS UP THE WIND IN FLIGHT WHICH MAKES HIS FLIGHT NEAR TO SILENT." 10:36 Zoo keepers are hopeful to turn these predatory behaviors into learning tools during live interactions....even though Bubo can be a little camera shy. 26:13 "YOU DON'T LIKE BEING ON TV HUH? YOU LIKE BEING ON TV?" head shake no 26:20 Ashley Moser KITV 4 News. The barn owls were recently added to an "invasive species" list, so not too many people rehabilitate them now. They can only be held by institutions like the zoo for educational purposes. Aloha Friday music fills today's morning moment.