Finding herself surrounded by food, the little owl had overindulged over the holidays, as so many of us do. “[We] found that the area where she was rescued was crawling with field mice and voles due to the warm and wet winter we experienced in December,” the sanctuary wrote.
According to Samkin, the savvy owl was just taking precautions to prepare for the rough winter months ahead: “Owls often ‘over-hunt’ when there is an abundance of food and they create caches to see them through bad weather events when hunting is harder,” Samkin said.
“Clearly she was a successful hunter,” he added.
The sanctuary nicknamed the owl Plump and placed her on a strict diet. And in just a few weeks, she shed the extra weight and was feeling so much better.