The captive owl

This morning, we visited Eid’s family’s nearest neighbors, who live in a compound of about the same size as her family’s land (five rai, or about two acres). However, it feels a lot more crowded over there, as they have quite a large extended family living together, whereas only Eid’s mother and sister live on their land full-time (the rest of us are just visitors). They also have an interesting collection of animals, including this owl that seemed quite comfortable being handled by Eid. (I won’t comment on the ethics of keeping a bird like this in captivity, as I don’t know the circumstances of how it came to be in their possession; but I got the impression that this family likes to feel that it extends beyond immediate relatives and even members of its own species to include anyone or anything willing to live under its roof.)

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