A Little Owl

“In 1850, a Little Owl fell out of her nest above the pillars of the Parthenon in Athens and was attacked by a gang of Athenian youths, who no longer regarded the bird as sacred. The boys scattered when a stern female voice rebuked them. This formidable English tourist rescued the owl and nursed it back to health in her home at Embley in Hampshire. The bird, which she appropriately called ‘Athena,’ became so tame that its mistress carried it around in a deep pocket of her dress. The lady was Florence Nightingale.”

  • Winged Wonders: A Celebration of Birds in Human History by Watkins and Stockland
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