Wesley the Owl

Wesley the Owl

The Remarkable Love Story of An Owl and His Girl

Book - 2008
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Written with the same heartwarming sentiment that made the memoir Marley & Me a runaway bestseller, biologist and owl expert O'Brien chronicles her rescue of an adorable, abandoned baby barn owl--and their astonishing and unprecedented 19-year life together.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781416551737
Characteristics: 229 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Jul 20, 2020

Annie recommends

Dec 26, 2019

A little tiresome with repetition. Would have been a more effective story shortened significantly.

Jul 16, 2019

Stacey O’Brien’s ‘Wesley the Owl’ was certainly a unique book. From the beginning, Stacey developed the kind of relationship with her young 4-day old orphaned barn owl with nerve damage to one of its wings; it was a loving and supportive relationship that many of us dog lovers have with our beloved furry friends.

The commitment and patience that Stacey had with Wesley was over the top. The knowledge she gained, the intelligence she observed in Wesley was simply remarkable. The examples of Wesley’s capabilities, mastering of language and communications skills through his actions and body language, and his showing of love and other emotions were well documented, and for that matter, the examples of intelligence that Stacy shares with the reader about other animals and fowl were very informative.

There are numerous humorous anecdotes sprinkled throughout this book, all of them based on some behavioral trait of Wesley's. One quickly learns that a one pound / 450 gram barn owl is not to be messed with.

Stacy had 19 plus beautiful loving years with Wesley. While I commend her on her devotion to Wesley, it did without a doubt, hamper her ability to find a meaningful and lasting relationship with a human partner. The demands that Wesley made on her, were more than what almost any partner could live with.

She is obviously a loyal friend, a loving and intelligent person and she would have made a wonderful mother. She certainly did not deserve the poor health issues that befell her during the last three to four years with Wesley. A very interesting story; recommended by Senior-Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

Feb 07, 2018

I loved this book about the special bond the author and the barn owl had. I learned a lot about the species and found myself drawn into the story. I have never had an affinity toward birds or fowl, always preferring dogs, cats and horses stories.....but this story really drew me in. One of the other comments mentioned a website. I will visit the website with the color photos of Wesley as I to believe that the black and white photos in the book really don't capture his beauty.

Nov 16, 2017

I really liked this book. I fell in love with Wesley, even though I realize we could never have been friends. lol. I learned a lot about Barn Owls and their devotion to the ones they love. I was sad to finish this one.

ontherideau May 18, 2016

Very readable account of animal intelligence as well as the dedicated life of a biologist.

Jun 30, 2015

Absolutely wonderful! This is such an amazing and beautiful story. Stacey shows us that owls are smart, loving animals, and enjoy being cuddled.
Stacey writes in a way that you feel she is sitting there telling you her story. She is an intelligent, brave, and kind woman.

Nov 17, 2014

Great memoir of inter-species communication. A fascinating and fun story. Highly recommended.

Jun 23, 2013

Stacy O'Brien, a biologist at CALTEC research facility, gives a home to a disabled owlet that could never be realeased to the wild. 19 years of co-existance, love, and companionship. She sees the intelligence, loyalty and ultimate honest of Wesley and his Way of the Owl.

librarylin19 Feb 14, 2013

The fuzzy little owlet on the cover caught my eye, so I thought I would give this a try. I laughed, I cried, and I learned alot about barn owls too. What an amazing experience Stacey O'Brien had, and lucky for us that she shared it. The photos in this paperback are black and white, they don't do Wesley justice. You can see how beautiful he was in color photos on his website http://www.wesleytheowl.com/
I guarantee you will fall in love with him like I did.


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Jun 16, 2012

Sexual Content: Mating. It is recorded in the book when Wesley mates Stacey's arm.

Jun 16, 2012

Coarse Language: Several swear words heard through the book.

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Jun 16, 2012

"Deeple, deeple, deet, deet, deeple deet!" -Wesley


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