A great mystery that appeared on the shores of Okanagan Lake has had the Macramé Owl Sanctuary team stumped.
Our transition of Macramé Owl Sanctuary headquarters to Canada has been fraught with delay and hardship. With lack of funding and suitable accommodation, the Macramé Owls have been living in cramped quarters, doing their best to maintain high spirits. While discussing housing issues, sanctuary volunteer, Darius Prince and I took a long walk along the beach of Okanagan Lake in the British Columbia Rocky Mountain interior.
Darius spotted a mysterious round parcel that had washed up onto the beach. What the heck was it?
Lo and behold, it was labelled “To the Macramé Owl Sanctuary, Canada”. What are the odds?!
There appeared to be a bit of a crack along the side of this chrysalis-like packaging. Coincidentally, we noticed nearby that somebody had left a blanket. Wanting to keep this sad package dry, we gently moved it over onto this blanket. We weren’t quite sure what to do next. As we pondered it, Darius noted a raft of ducks on the lake were slowly approaching us.
Then we noticed something really wierd was happening. Something began to emerge from the packaging!
Slowly slithering, something was creeping out!
On closer examination, Darius identified the tell-tale signs of jute and yarn, which is the typical plumage of the Macramé Owl.
Testing its vital signs, Darius is happy to report, it’s alive!
A strange, heartwrenching note affixed to its tail read: “Please love me, too.”
One of the mallards made it to shore, approaching with a concerned-sounding quack.
We decided we had to get this magnificent specimen away from the wet sand and cold snow to ensure its survival.
Looking a little shell-shocked, we encouraged the Macramé Owl to have a little rest upon a park bench.
A little compassion goes a long way with a Macramé Owl.
We decided he was too weak to remain homeless, so we brought him to the Macramé Owl Sanctuary for further rest and recuperation.
His origin remains a mystery, but our team is working with clues and will update you on his condition when we are able to piece together more information.
© March 2, 2014 | Annie Zalezsak