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This Owl Doesn't Hoot.
It's a Pewter Owl Figurine.

Owls, as with many other animals, symbolise different things to different cultures.

They are usually associated with wisdom, an influence of Greek mythology. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, considered the owl as a sacred companion.

Do you know that the owl is also the unofficial mascot of Mensa? This society of high-IQ people uses the owl as a symbol of wisdom.

And they're not the only ones. Many universities, schools, libraries, and education-related institutions have the owl as their logo.

Owls are mostly nocturnal. They hunt for food at night. Due to this nocturnal nature, owls are often associated with bad luck and death. Their fierce look, piercing eyes and screeching sounds don't help either.

As for me, I think owls are useful birds. They help to keep rodents in check, as a natural form of pest control. Many oil-palm plantation owners build boxes for owls to live in and these birds repay them by preying on mice which destroy the oil-palm fruit bunches.

That's a kind of symbiosis at work.

If owls don't mean bad luck to you, then you shouldn't be afraid to keep a pewter owl. I have one, pictured here.
Pewter Owl
Well, it's actually a pair of owls. A mother owl and her baby.

I got this cute pair during my visit to Holland. There were other owls in the little shop I visited but this particular one stood out for me.

Perhaps they can bring me some much-needed wisdom as I approach middle-age.

No mid-life crisis for me, I hope...

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