wtf: people were inspired by Harry Potter to buy owls as pets
Just when you think people can’t get any fucking stupider, they prove you wrong. From the Telegraph:
The Potter phenomenon has been blamed for a surge in the number of people buying owls, emulating the young magician who keeps a snowy owl called Hedwig as a pet.
Now, come on. Harry Potter is a lovely, lovely fantasy — aside from all the dark scary stuff, that is — but what parent listens to their kid begging for an owl — an owl! — and thinks, Hey, it might be fun to bring a dangerous predator into the house?
An idiot, that’s what kind of parent.
Now an animal sanctuary has opened on the Isle of Wight to help cope with the problem of owls dumped by owners who can no-longer care for them properly.
Animal expert Don Walser, who has opened Newport Owl and Monkey Sanctuary, said: “The problem is that no licence is required, anyone can buy an owl.
“They might look great in the Harry Potter films, but it takes years to train them. Children read the books and see the films and say to their mums and dads they want one and parents don’t realise how much care it takes to look after them.
“We have got about 20 owls at the moment, which have come from all over the country.
Thank goodness some adults can be trusted to clean up the messes left by the idiots.
“I have a pair of snowy owls that were left in a garden by their owners for three days without food. They would have died. It was disgusting.
“Some people keep them in appalling conditions,” said Mr Walser.
Maybe these idiot owl owners should be fed to the owls…
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