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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacey O’Brien Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On Valentine’s Day in 1985, biologist Stacey O’Brien adopted Wesley, a baby barn owl with an injured wing who could not have survived in the wild. Over the next nineteen years, O’Brien studied Wesley’s strange habits with both a tender heart and a scientist’s eye—and provided a mice-only diet that required her to buy the rodents in bulk (28,000 over the owl’s lifetime). She watched him turn from a helpless fluff ball into an avid com­municator with whom she developed a language all their own. Eventually he became a gorgeous, gold-and-white macho adult with a heart-shaped face who preened in the mir­ror and objected to visits by any other males to “his” house. O’Brien also brings us inside Caltech’s prestigious research community, a kind of scientific Hogwarts where resident owls sometimes flew freely from office to office and eccentric, brilliant scientists were extraordinarily committed to studying and helping animals; all of them were changed by the animals they loved. As O’Brien gets close to Wesley, she makes astonishing discoveries about owl behavior, intelligence, and communication, coining the term “the way of the owl” to describe his noble behavior. When O’Brien develops her own life-threatening ill­ness, the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued from death by the insistent love and courage of this wild animal. 

Enhanced by wonderful photographs, Wesley the Owl is a thoroughly engaging, heart­warming, often funny story of a complex, emotional, non-human being capable of reason, play, and, most important, love and loyalty. Translated into eight languages and named an Audubon Magazine Editor’s Choice,Wesley the Owl is sure to be cherished by animal lovers everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This compelling story sheds a bright, shining light into the world of animal emotions and the powerful bonds forged between animals and humans. A heartfelt journey of life and love with one of nature’s wild creatures, Wesley the Owl is a must-read story of faith, compassion, and selfless devotion.”

    Jay Kopelman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sweet, quirky memoir…This little guy’s such a character.”

    USA Today

  • “This memoir will captivate animal lovers and, though not necessarily for kids, should hold special appeal for Harry Potter fans who’ve always envied the boy wizard his Hedwig.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hill3569 | 2/13/2014

    " This was a GREAT book. Loved it! A few weird parts that I skipped over but all in all and awesome read and you'll learn a bunch of things about owls that you never knew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alyss Anderson | 2/3/2014

    " Amazing book. Love the relationship she develops with the owl "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bunnie O'hara | 1/21/2014

    " wesley is an extrordinary bird. adopted when he was just a baby by biologist obrian, cared for and studied for nineteen years. she discovered numerous facts about the barn owl such as the ears are at different levels on each side of the head to facilitate hearing his pray--the ability to turn the head almost completely around,eyes that do not move like ours which cause the owl to turn it's head to see. the love of water in a creature that normally does not like water. his diet of rodents --stacey had provided him with approx. 2800 over his life time.you will love wesley!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sofia | 12/14/2013

    " This is the best "my animal and I" book I have ever read. O'Brien is honest, writes with clarity and conveys the soul of an animal many of us will never see up close or at all with absolute brilliance. I finished the book feeling that Stacey and Wesley had been part of my life all along and I am forever grateful for their presence. "

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About the Author

Stacey O’Brien is trained as a biologist specializing in wild-animal behavior. She graduated from Occidental College with a BS in biology and continued her education at Caltech. Stacey now works as a wildlife rescuer and rehabilitation expert with a variety of local animals, including the endangered brown pelican, owls, seabirds, possums, and songbirds. She lives in Southern California.