Owls are rarely seen flying around during the daytime, but that's how one was spotted and saved right here in Hawaii.
"There was a tree that fell on the wires and they had to cut it back. They found his home with a little baby in it. He was still in his down feathers, just a little guy," said zoo keeper Linda Meir.
But look at him now; Bubo the barn owl is healthy, strong and almost at full plumage today.
He lives at the Honolulu Zoo because right now it's illegal to release him into the wild.
Barn owls were deliberately introduced to Hawaii in the 1950s to deal with agricultural pests on farms. These guys feast on rodents, but now they are doing more harm than good.
"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," said Linda.
The owls also pose a serious problem for Hawaiian bird species, taking food away from the native birds.
Owls are good at it, attacking prey with their sharp helix.
"It is the locking mechanism of their claws itself. That's when they grab on to something then click, so they don't have to worry about losing it," said Linda.
They also have ridiculously accurate hearing. The heart shape feathers around their face serves as a kind of listening cone and help the owls pinpoint sound around them.
"Because they are nocturnal, that's what they depend on – is the hearing."
If you take a look at Bubo's primary feathers they’re serrated. That helps breaks up the wind when he flies and makes his flight near to silent.
Zoo keepers are hopeful to turn these predatory behaviors into learning tools during live interactions, even though Bubo can be a little camera shy.
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.