The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Phan Thiet Barn Owl


Barn owls are seen as evil omens and harbingers of death by the Vietnamese. If they can get their hands on one, many Vietnamese are likely to kill them out of spite. It's a sad thing because of how graceful, shy and beneficial the birds actually are. As everyone knows, these beautiful birds of prey feed on mice and rats, which are in ample supply due to Vietnam's sanitation problems. Barn owls are not afraid to live in cities, and can be seen and heard all over town--if a person is actually paying attention. Barn owls have the largest range of any bird species. The same species is also found in North America and Europe.

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