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Whisper, the Barn Owl!

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We wanted to share a video of Whisper, the barn owl. She is in a training session with staff, encountering several different new sounds in her environment. It is a great visual of some barn owl adaptations. They have 14 vertebrae, which is twice the number humans have. They also have only one occipital articulation with the cervical vertebrae, meaning there is only one bone situated on top of the backbone. Humans have two articulations. This allows the owl to pivot on the vertebrae column much like your body can pivot on one foot. Their muscle structure is arranged in a manner that allows this movement as well. More information about owl vertebrae is available here:
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