The Passing of a Matriarch
It is with a great sadness but even more fond memories that we must let you know Petri, our much loved Barn Owl Ambassador, is no longer with us. Tripling the average wild lifespan, at nearly a quarter of a century, Petri will be remembered by tens of thousands of people she encountered through her years. As one of the oldest barn owls in human care, Petri fostered dozens of orphaned and displaced owlets before they retuned to the wild.
In 1994, a Klamath Falls farmer unloading his hay truck in Grants Pass discovered four eggs in the stack and brought them to us packed in a Petri cigar box. Since the clutch had been un-incubated for many hours, we doubted anything would hatch, but they were placed in the incubator anyway. Several weeks later, Petri popped out! For a dozen years staff was convinced Petri was male until she laid eggs for the first time at age thirteen. She was exceptionally good with crowds but tended to be aggressive in her mew and on the perch because of her lack of natural fear toward humans. Since she was slightly ferocious and a stunning bird she made a strong impression on everyone she worked with and met through her educational endeavors.
A Working Gal
If you ever met Petri, or heard staff and volunteers talk about her, then you know she is terrorizing a whole heavenly field of mice right now and enjoying every minute of it. Here are some memories from our staff and volunteers…
In honor of her life, the people she taught, and the chicks she raised we have set up memorial donation. Simply click here and choose Petri Memorial under the option donation allocation. All proceeds will go to the care of Animal Ambassadors and wild patients.
Donations raised beyond the cost of any specific need will be allocated to the general fund. The general fund supports the wild patients and resident Animal Ambassadors by covering operation costs such as staff wages, utility bills, park maintenance, and facility supplies.