The same trainer tells the crowd how he obtained one of the exhibit owls for around $20 when the bird was just 2 days old. "He was going crazy in the box," he says. "He still had eggshells on him."
In a post, PETA said that the owls were "clearly distressed" and that the trainer displayed "gross negligence."
Warner Bros. clarified that the birds visited the studio only for "short periods" and are handled exclusively by experts, according to the BBC. Both Warner Bros. and the company that owns the birds, the California-based Birds and Animals, have announced they will review their practices and that the welfare of the birds is their top priority.
Warner Bros. studio tour representatives did not immediately respond to The Dodo's request for comment.