Gandalf, the agoraphobic owl, lives in his own brick house

Gandalf the Great Grey Owl gets scared flying out in the open so his owners have built his aviary inside a brick shed.

He now spends his days watching the world go by out of his window.

“He is a bit of a wuss as he doesn’t like flying in big open spaces,” said owner Janet Southard, who runs the Wild Arena photography company, based inside Knowsley Safari Park near Liverpool.

“When we moved here we put him in the shed temporarily while we built his aviary outside.

“But he didn’t want to move so now he has an aviary inside the lovely red brick shed.

He loves sitting at the window and watching the other birds.”

Amateur photographer Mark Bridger, 44, from Kent, had quite a fright when he saw the big round face at the window.

“I looked around and saw this face at the window, then suddenly realised it was an owl. It gave me quite a shock.

“You don’t normally expect to see an owl in a house. He looked quite ghostly.”

As I imagine you all know – I don’t expect to see a ghost in a house. OTOH, discovering an owl living in someone’s home wouldn’t surprise me at all.

One of the best architects here in Santa Fe has a large well-trained, parrot that roams his offices. Not at all uncommon for him to fly over and light upon the shoulder of someone he’s never met before. Peering into your face and wondering – probably – do you have a spare biscuit?

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