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A Narrative Non-Fiction story about the rescue of two adorable Great Horned Owlets and their strong-willed, devoted parents. A captivating story of trust, love, respect and the gift of gratitude.
Cheryl and her husband, Jim rescue a pair of Great Horned Owl babies after tragedy leaves the family homeless. The frightened little owlets are left unprotected and stranded on the ground; unable to defend themselves from predators that roam the woods. After seeking advice from a professional, Cheryl and Jim attempt the dangerous task of relocating the owlets and provide the family with a new home. The adult Great Horned Owls also known as raptors with a reputation of being extremely aggressive, show a different side when faced with sudden adversity. Cheryl shares her emotions in this personal narrative as she observes this family in the wild. She documents the details of the rescue, the emotional journey of the two owlets which she names Wisdom and Willow and the heartwarming outcome.
Cheryl has always had a strong connection with wildlife and a great love for exploring nature. Her devotion and determination to help this family of owls turns out to be one of the most gratifying decisions she has ever made. Through this experience, she learns the struggles of survival, the amazing bond of a family and the gift of gratitude. What makes this story special is to see how animals and humans from two different walks of life can co-exist and discover that we are not so different after all. By trusting each other, working together and showing each other respect, the family of owls allow her into their lives; now, they have become a part of hers. Together, Cheryl, her family and these magnificent birds have proven ever more, the statement... Where There's a Will, There's a Way....
AWARD WINNING TITLE -
2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards- 3rd Place: Animal - Adult
2017 New England Book Festival - Honorable Mention - General Non-Fiction
2017 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS WINNER - Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction
2017 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Bronze Medal Winner - Non-Fiction/Animals
2017 BEST BOOK AWARDS FINALIST - Animal/Pets Narrative Non-Fiction
Table of Contents
CONTENTS Dedication i Acknowledgements ii Introduction iii 1 The New Family 1 2 The Rescue 7 3 The New Beginning 13 4 Week One 19 5 Week Two 26 6 The Time Has Come 34 7 The Gift 43 8 At Dusk 53 9 Nature's Way 62 Epilogue 68 About the Author 75
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Cheryl Aguiar loves animals of all kinds, domestic and wild. As a child, she marvelled at the wildlife around her and did all she could to rescue orphaned and injured creatures. She even saved a tree frog when the lawnmower accidentally ran it over, severing two of its legs, half its upper lip and injuring one eye. The tree frog recovered and lived with Cheryl for four years. During the winter of 2016, a Great Horned Owl family built their nest in the woods just outside Cheryl’s home. Fascinated, she watched as Mama Owl kept the eggs warm, then tended the newly hatched owlets. After a severe windstorm, Cheryl came home to discover the owl’s nest destroyed and the tiny owlets huddling on the ground. She knew that it wasn’t safe for them. With the help of family and neighbors, and some advice from a local owl rescue organization, she and her husband built a wicker basket nest, secured it to the same tree where the original nest had been, and carefully helped the family re-establish their little home in the new nest. Cheryl’s story and photos follow the maturing of these two owlets, whom she called Wisdom and Willow. Through their story, Cheryl and her readers learn a lot about the Great Horned Owl: how they mate, build nests (not very well, it appears), care for and train their young, and hunt. Cheryl, her family and friends were able to trace the owlets’ lives until they became adults and returned to the home that Cheryl had helped them preserve. The owlets, now fully grown owls, felt safe in Cheryl’s woods. It’s where she rescued them from certain death. Cheryl shares her story and her photos in her recent book, Great Horned Owlets Rescue. It’s a story told with tender compassion and a sense of awe. The author’s passion for her rescued owlets, and for all of the animal kingdom, is apparent through the story. A wonderful story.