“Adopt” Cedar the Great Horned Owl
When Cedar was a just a wee little baby owl he and his sister lived in Iowa, high up in a tree. One night a bad storm came and blew down their nest. Cedar and his sister were found on the ground the next day by some people out inspecting the storm damage. Thinking that Cedar and his sister were abandoned, the well-meaning humans took the baby owls home. Even though the humans were trying to help Cedar, the opposite actually occurred. Instead of being taught how to fly, hoot and hunt out in the wild, Cedar and his sister missed all of these natural experiences. Since they were raised by humans instead of owls, they grew up thinking they were human beings. This phenomenon is known as “human imprinting.” Unfortunately, he and his sister can never be returned to the wild because they do not know how to survive as owls. Both Cedar and his sister, Juniper, were turned into the veterinary school at Iowa State University. Callaway Gardens acquired them in late 2004 and they have been flying in our outdoor shows since January 2005.
By adopting Cedar, you are are helping feed, house, and provide medical care for these resident raptors. An adoption can be made in honor of a person, or event, or in memory of someone. See our adoption levels below: