Say Hello To Dmitri

Photo is mine
Eugene, Oregon
October 30, 2016 9:43am CST
Dmitri is an Eurasian Eagle-Owl hatched under human care at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Lois, Missouri. At the age of two, he was sent to the Cascades Raptor Center here in Eugene, Oregon to be a part of the education and outreach team and to help raise funds for the work the center does in rescuing injured eagles, owls, falcons, hawks and even vultures. They are injured and so no longer able to hunt for food. Under federal law, only non-native species can be used to do shows and educate people about endangered raptors. Dmitri was a guest fundraiser yesterday at the wild bird store (seeds and feeders, not birds) where I work. I think I heard someone say that he was featured in a Subaru commercial and some others as well. Dmitri even has his own Facebook page.
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
30 Oct 16
A very handsome creature. I spotted an owl in our garden a few months back. It was very exciting to see one as I don't spot them very often.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Oct 16
Yes, they are not easy to see, being mostly nocturnal and so well camouflaged.
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
30 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic I can remember taking my kids to some bird of prey centre when they were small and this guy had an owl out on display. The kids were watching it in fascination and this guy kept saying to them in quite a cross voice, "you can't have an owl for a pet." The kids hadn't even asked for an owl for a pet, so I don't know why he kept saying it, but he wasn't very friendly at all. Even now, 20 odd years later, whenever we see an owl, my now grown-up daughters always pipe up with - "you can't have an owl for a pet!"
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Oct 16
@5thHouse He was not a very good advocate for owls.
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@sallypup (27932)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Oct 16
He's fiercely handsome.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Oct 16
Whoo? Oh, you mean Dmitri.
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@sallypup (27932)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic You're itching for a compliment. Here's a treat for your Halloween goodie bag: you are handsome, too.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Oct 16
@sallypup Whoo me?? I like those fierce eyes of his.
@hereandthere (32431)
• Philippines
30 Oct 16
those orange eyes! do you know how dmitri got injured?
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• Eugene, Oregon
31 Oct 16
He was not injured, but was hatched under human care.
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@celticeagle (119003)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Oct 16
Hello Dmitri. He is a handsome bird. We have the World Center for Birds of Prey here in Idaho. They get injured birds in and take care of them. They also bring wild ones out to share with visitors and talk about how they live and such. Very interesting place to visit. Also help endangered birds around the world. I think raptors are some of my favorite bird.
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• United States
31 Oct 16
what a handsome fella! so glad ya got the pleasure 'f his company :) gigglin' he's his own facebook page - seems many critters 've such these days.
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• Eugene, Oregon
31 Oct 16
Yes, he is he one with the piercing eyes.
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• United States
31 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic do ya reckon i could get a copy'f this photo? use this beautiful creature'n a future project?
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• Eugene, Oregon
31 Oct 16
@crazyhorseladycx I sent a message.
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@FayeHazel (19053)
• United States
31 Oct 16
Oh wow. I love owls. He's majestic. I wonder if I can go to a local raptor center , if they let people tour - I would love to interact with an owl. Was he well behaved? I will like his Facebook page
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• Eugene, Oregon
31 Oct 16
He sat on his perch and took everything in. For some events, he is allowed to fly over the audience and back to his handler. We did have to turn off a video that we run at the store that shows birds feeding and chirping away. It seemed to get his attention. Our raptor center can be visited daily.
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@FayeHazel (19053)
• United States
31 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Awesome! I am surprised that he is trained enough to return to his handler
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@JudyEv (129686)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
Dmitri looks very imperious. I wonder why only non-native species can be used for education purposes? We saw several owls at various fetes and functions when we were in England but I don't think I've ever seen them on display here.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Nov 16
I think it is because it would invite exploitation of the various species.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
2 Nov 16
Dmitri looks beautiful. I wonder why native species can't be used to educate people? If they have been injured and can't live in the wild any more, where would be the harm?
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov 16
I'm not sure. But that might lead to other birds being injured if there was a dollar in it
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@PatZAnthony (12863)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
1 Nov 16
Such beautiful creatures. It is good that there are groups able to care for what can't return to their natural habitat.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov 16
Yes, there would be no help at all otherwise.
@responsiveme (16835)
• India
31 Oct 16
Hello Dmitri, You are an an interesting visitor to mylot. How do you like it?
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• Eugene, Oregon
31 Oct 16
He was very interested in the bites of raw quail his keeper provided.
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• China
31 Oct 16
Dmitri looks so cute .One of my relatives found an injured Owl recently ,he took care of it until it healing up,then let it go.
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• Eugene, Oregon
31 Oct 16
That was the right thing to do.
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@amadeo (70186)
• United States
30 Oct 16
wow!that is a nice looking owl there.He is famous.Maybe get his autograph:-}
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• Eugene, Oregon
31 Oct 16
I'll see what I can do.
@Inlemay (16713)
• South Africa
7 Nov 16
thats a beautiful owl
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@theBlock (2696)
• United States
30 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic It's wonderful that outreach team helps the poor injured birds---
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@Corbin5 (112743)
• United States
30 Oct 16
Dmitri is magnificent!!
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