When we reach our golden years, there is something that all of us need and that is to have some companionship.
Far too often, people who are in their 80s or older have to wait for someone to show up at their door, but that isn’t true of 98-year-old Raana.
That grandmother, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, is visited almost on a daily basis.
It isn’t one of her children or grandchildren that come to visit her, however, it’s a great-horned owl.
When the owl comes to visit, he begins hooting, almost like he’s having a conversation with her.
It’s a beautiful thing to witness, and fortunately, her granddaughter, Shai, took a video so the world can enjoy it, according to SWNS.
When Raana went up to the owl, it starts to hoot and it isn’t a bit frightened of her being there. She then points out how beautiful the eyes are.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about this unusual friendship is that the owl isn’t afraid of Raana. In addition, the owl will talk to her but won’t talk to anyone else.
Check out the video below:
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.