Regular weekend readers may recall this image of a just-born Great Horned Owl poking its beak out of the nest. Well! Almost exactly month later, look how big that little guy/gal has gotten — and hey, look at all those siblings, too!
A very young owlet (estimated to be around 10 to 14 days old!) hangs with its mother at Metzger Farm Open Space in Westminster, Colorado. The photographer notes: "Given the mother owl's behavior in the previous photo, there are likely other younger owlets in the nest."
There is something fascinating about watching an animal behavior that we don't normally witness. After two Peregrine Falcons forced this Great Horned Owl down into Lake Michigan, the owl managed to escape with a few strokes of butterfly.
(Yeah, it's the latter.)
In doing so, it has also become one of the greatest, most appropriate reaction GIFs in recent memory. (Only "one of," because this.) Please note that the collision reportedly happened near Yeehaw Junction, which... yeah.