A snowy owl—that's a snowy owl, right?—was spotted making a leisurely meal of a seagull at 11th and John earlier this evening. A small crowd gathered across the street to watch, take pictures, and prevent cars from pulling into the parking space where the owl was enjoying her seagull tartare. "That's not a cat?" a woman repeatedly asked. She repeatedly assured that, no, the owl was eating a seagull, not a cat. But if the owl had been eating a cat? Let's just say that the cat had it coming all along:
The American Bird Conservancy estimates that up to 500 million birds are killed each year by cats—about half by pets and half by feral felines. “I hope we can now stop minimizing and trivializing the impacts that outdoor cats have on the environment and start addressing the serious problem of cat predation,” said Darin Schroeder, the group’s vice president for conservation advocacy.
The photo was taken by Dave Lichterman. You can follow David on Twitter at @lavid and there are more examples of his work—and more pics of the owl and his dinner—on his Facebook page.