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Meeting Loki

I appear to have been very, very serious about this encounter.

This is a scary face. My colleagues at work burst out laughing when they saw it. One said, "I have NEVER seen that face at work!" Either I am always happy at work (a good thing) or never serious (hmmmm....)

Anyway, I look scared or negative, but I was looking intently, attending, observing. I think my gaze was too demanding as he wouldn't stay with me long.

It turns out that Loki was rescued from a person who didn't know how to look after a raven and had basically shut him in a cupboard. He was a few months old and it has taken time for him to regain trust in humans. Apparently, you don't need a license or anything to own a raven. In fact, you might be able to buy ravens on the internet. [Tempted? - Ed.] [Yes, but the cats talked me out of it. - Crone]

The falconer said that while the birds of prey are happy (allegedly) to have their exercise and then just chill in their aviaries, ravens are not. They start getting destructive. So staff have to visit them repeatedly and play with them, give them toys, talk to them. What a hardship.

I was quite taken by the young raven Nox, who made the gluck noises that I used to share with CD.

And also with a peregrine x gyr falcon called Storm.

While I was there, I caught a falconry display. Saw a Harris's hawk fly into a tree and eventually agree to come down and an eagle owl do his bit.

They said that owls are really not very bright. So much for the wise as an owl idea, then. So much for Athena and Minerva. That is based on whether or not you can hunt with owls (you can't). Is that an accurate index of intelligence?

The place also had some macaws, whom I did not like seeing in aviaries. Maybe they were brought in from bad pet homes? Also meerkats, lemurs and maras.

There is something so odd about caged creatures. By odd, I mean tragic. But how much more tragic the animals starving and homeless in destroyed habitats? The charcoal koalas in Australia and the culled badgers in Northamptonshire? It's all too horrible.

Anyway, I was glad to have met a raven. The most touching thing was at the end when the falconer fed Loki and he called like a young bird. His voice! All excitement and begging and delight.

I went home and saw Son of Bob. Almost didn't recognise him as he looks like a proper robin now. He did his own individual bobs and jumps and I knew who he was. Then he looked at me and did his tiny "under his breath" singing. His voice! How wonderful to hear the pleasure of a free bird.

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14 ago 2023

Enjoyed seeing the photos of you and Loki. That video's good. Certainly a reminder of a raven's large size. And that's neat that Son of Bob is still doing his "soft & quiet" singing.

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