Owls spread their wings at Ljubljana ZOO
Ljubljana, 25 October - The three largest owl species in the world have spread their wings in a new flying enclosure at Ljubljana ZOO. The mysterious animals will show their true flying prowess and night time navigation skills around Halloween, when the ZOO stays open late into the night to show the people the secret lives of owls.
European eagle-owls, a pair of snowy owls and a great grey owl, a newcomer to Ljubljana, were first unveiled to the public in their new homes yesterday, but they will truly be in the spotlight on Halloween.
Given that owls are often associated with witchcraft and death but also wisdom, this will be the perfect occasion to present the myths and superstitions surrounding them.
The ZOO will remain open into the night next week, during autumn school holidays, when visitors can enter for free as long as they bring a jack-o'-lanterns.
In Slovenian lore, hearing an owl hoot is an omen of somebody close dying. Nevertheless, as ethnographer Dušica Kunaver pointed out, owls are depicted as wise in folk tales and poems. After all, an owl accompanies the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena.