Cafés with live, captive owls - like Hukulou Coffee, where Fuku-chan lives - are increasingly popular in Japan. The cafés serve coffee with a side of captive wildlife, allowing patrons to pet and interact with owls living in a habitat inside the restaurant.
"They're not used to being around people," Kent Knowles, president of the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, told The Dodo. "To get people playing around with wild critters as though they're pussycats and puppy dogs is not a good idea," he said, adding that a restaurant environment would be very stressful to owls.
Fuku-chan's friendship with Marimo may offer him a rare comfort amidst a frightening life in café captivity. Fuku-chan will likely never be able to live in the wild, where he would be able to find lots of owl friends on his own, but it's a small relief that he has found such a loving companion in Marimo.