Macramé Owling

Annie Macramé OwlingBy now, you’ve probably heard of ‘owling’. It’s that craze where people crouch in kind of an owl pose, and stare off into middle-distance with a blank expression. There are subtle variations to the pose.

When our Macramé Owl residents heard about this trend, they wanted to do their part. So they invented Macramé Owling.

What is Macramé Owling?

Macramé Owling is owling with Macramé Owls. The pose often tends to be somewhat more extended (to resemble a Macramé Owl), which is great for people who aren’t very flexible or supple. In other words, those who grew up with Macramé Owls in the 60’s and 70’s are more likely to have the fitness level required for Macramé Owling (rather than just plain owling).

Here’s a picture of Greg, our Macramé Owl Welfare Rescue Operations Nurse (MOWRON) doing some Macramé Owling at our Macramé Owl Sanctuary.

Greg Macramé Owling

Below is Ciaran, our Apprentice MOWRON, practicing his Macramé Owling, too.

Ciaran Macramé Owling

You don’t have to be a MOWRON to do Macramé Owling (though it helps!). If you have MOJO, like our Macramé Owl Jolly Organizer (MOJO) Zoë, you may be able to do Macramé Owling, too!

Zoë Macramé Owling

We’ll bring you more Macramé Owling stories and pictures soon.

Barney’s Back!

Barney enjoys summer

What with the lovely weather we had in Wales yesterday, Barney decided to head out for a stroll to enjoy the sun. It’s rare for a Macramé Owl to go out on his own, but Barney’s quite responsible, so we didn’t think much about it at the time. We all just went about our normal business here at the Macramé Owl Sanctuary office.

Zoe and Viv hard at work at their desks

Suddenly, Ciaran spotted Barney at the window!

Ciaran and Barney by the window

This was a real shock, as the Sanctuary is on the first floor of the building. I was very concerned for Barney’s safety and called for MORE help. (Viv is our “MORE”: Macramé Owl Rehabilitation Expert.)

Viv coaxes Barney into a nest

Viv manages to safely coax Barney into a nest. Phew! When we asked Barney whatever possessed him to climb up to the first floor window, the silly sausage admitted he’d forgotten his keys!

 All in a day’s work at the Macramé Owl Sanctuary!

Rita’s Rescue

Rita the Brush-tailed Basketcase Macrame Owl's Rescue

Variety
Brush-tailed Basketcase Macramé Owl

Admitted
31 August 2010

Initial Assessment and History
Rita was noticed sporadically over a period of almost two years, particularly around the springtime breeding season. She was quite timid and protective of what was thought to be her nest in a plant pot outside an old building in Cardiff. Over time, she appeared to grow weak. We maintained close observation, left food for her, and eventually she became more comfortable around people. Eventually, she realized she needed the support of our team, and decided to voluntarily enter the sanctuary. Her young had long since fledged. She later confessed she had been suffering from empty nest syndrome, and is now content to have found a new family among the other Macramé Owls.

Read more about Rita.

Macramé Owl Sabbatical in Canada

A group of 13 lucky Macramé Owls are presently enjoying an extended summer sabbatical at a riverside campgrounds in the interior Rocky Mountain region of British Columbia, Canada.

LW with 13 Macrame Owls on sabbatical in Canada

Their host, LW, is a high-powered executive of a company there. To maintain anonymity, LW is pixelated in the photograph above.

“It’s not that I’m ashamed or anything,” says LW. “It’s just that there is still such terrible discrimination against Macramé Owls and their carers. My friends and family are all very understanding. But the shareholders and Board of Directors would surely raise an eyebrow if they knew. I could seriously damage my reputation in their eyes. I’m really sad for them, though. They’ll never know the joy and laughter that these crazy creatures bring to a person’s life.”

LW has been a secret MO-BFF (Macramé Owl – Best Friend Forever) ever since the scheme was revealed on the Macramé Owl website’s Volunteer Recruitment page. The MOST (Macramé Owl Sanctuary Team) are committed to raising awareness and fostering endearment towards Macramé Owls everywhere, so that people like LW no longer have to hide.

Skippy’s Survival Spirit

Well, it’s been a long haul, but due to the dedication of the MOST (Macramé Owl Sanctuary Team), Skippy celebrated his first outing with some of the newer Macramé Owl Residents on a day out in Roath Park, Cardiff on Saturday the 23rd of July 2011. Nearly two years after his immigration to the UK (and plenty of bed rest), Skippy was up and at ’em, eagerly bouncing around trees and amid flowers on a sunny afternoon.

Viv and Skippy sitting in a tree at Roath Park, Cardiff, 23 July 2011

Our very own MORE (Macramé Owl Rehabilitation Expert), Viv Foley, has developed a special bond with Skippy. She’s been his personal coach through the hard times, encouraging him to redevelop his communication skills (due to his lack of beak). As you’ll see below, he’s certainly got his confidence back!

Skippy moves in for a close up

Skippy moves in for a close up! He’s certainly not camera shy. Zoe Jones, our newest MOST member and MOJO (Macramé Owl Jolly Organizer) had the idea for the excursion to Roath Park. Skippy’s zesty enthusiasm was admirable. Greg, our top MOWRON (Macramé Owl Welfare Rescue Operations Nurse) is very skilled at Macramé Owl handling, and managed to calm Skippy down well enough to get him still for a proper photo of this memorable occasion.

Skippy poses for a proper photo

Skippy Stabilizes

Skippy in ICUUpdate
18 August 2009

While Skippy has stabilized, he remains in ICU. The jaundice has persisted. We suspect this may be the long term result of poor nutrition. Skippy has been assessed by an RMN (Registered Macramé Nurse) and we are now seeking a professional to perform reconstructive surgery, and a donor for a beak transplant.

Update
12 September 2009

A suitable beak donor has still not been located, and hope for Skippy’s complete recovery is diminishing. He remains in ICU under 24 hour surveillance.

Update
18 January 2010

We have accepted that a beak donor is unlikely to be found. Skippy’s remarkable lust for life is an inspiration. Somehow, he has pulled through the worst stages of his trauma. The RMN says that while Skippy’s original colouring may never return, it is believed that he will be able to survive long term without a beak. Astonishing.

Skippy Gets Immigration Clearance

Skippy's lifeless body on admission to ICU

Update
2 August 2009

Skippy was cleared by immigration for entry into the UK two days after his arrival from Australia (31 July 2009). While his journey had been highly insured, the container he was shipped in showed signs of a harrowing ordeal.

I was horrified to discover that the ordinarily sprightly, vibrantly-coloured blue and red Macaw Macramé Owl had become jaundiced, had lost its beak, and was generally tattered and worn. Skippy was immediately admitted to our ICU (intensive care unit) and we are hoping he will improve soon.

Lavinia Alights

Macramé Owl LaviniaVariety
Elegansh Macramé Owl

Admitted
18 September 2009

Initial Assessment and History
The long awaited Lavinia arrived today from Minnesota, USA requiring some fluffing, but in otherwise stable condition. She is distancing herself from Lawrence, however, we hope this is just initial shyness, and that the two will pair up in due course.

Read more about Lavinia.

Madeleine Moves In

Macramé Owl MadeleineVariety
Whimsical Macramé Owl

Admitted
17 September 2009

Initial Assessment and History
Curious onlookers have been spying on this admission more than any other. Astonishing specimen Madeleine has already caused a stir among sanctuary residents, with her “come to barn” eyes. Whispers of “your nest or mine?” have been heard, and we are vigilant that she may need protection from harassment from some of the males. She clearly possesses magical qualities, and her tassels are outstanding.

Read more about Madeleine.

Betty Bobs Up

Macramé Owl BettyVariety
Plushkin Macramé Owl

Admitted
17 September 2009

Initial Assessment and History
Baby Plushkin Betty is sweet as can be. She is clinging to big brother Barney, as she appears to be feeling vulnerable. She is being closely monitored since her arrival with brother Barney from Florida.

Read more about Betty.