The Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Cheney, Kansas, took in a juvenile great horned owl named Oakley after a tornado hit the area. In order to make him feel less lonely, his keepers put a singing and dancing stuffed owl into his enclosure on May 2, 2012.
“He was by himself, so I put a puppet in with him until I got some other ones his age,” his handler wrote on YouTube. “I wanted to see what he would do when he heard a strange voice, so I played the puppet.”
His handler recorded the owl dancing and singing under a camouflaged sheet that works to keep the owl from seeing a human as a food source so he can successfully be reintroduced into the wild.
As you’ll see in the footage below, Oakley is immediately interested in “Monster Mash” when it starts playing from the stuffed animal version of himself. The owl looked at the toy for a moment before he bobbed his head back and forth and chirped along to the tune.
“This is Oakley and the Oaklettes,” his handler joked as the duo danced in rhythm. “This kind of gives him a sense of security and gives him something to snuggle up to when they’re by themselves.”
As the song continued, Oakley kept dancing and let out a few chirps at the perfect time during the tune, which really made it seem like he was loving the music!
See the adorable performance below.
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