On the lighter side: Tiny owl, deputy face-off, encounter goes viral

BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy got into a face-off with an owl with an attitude Tuesday, and the owl won, according to the Associated Press. The incident has since gone viral.

A tiny owl faces off with Boulder County (Colorado) Sheriff's Deputy Sophie Berman. The incident took place  near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, July 21, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
A tiny owl faces off with Boulder County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman. The incident took place near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, July 21, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The AP reports that Deputy Sophie Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road on Tuesday as Berman patrolled an area near a campground west of Boulder, Colorado.

Berman crouched down to take video of the owl and spoke to the owl, which answered Berman’s words with clicks, the AP report states. The owl stared wide-eyed at the deputy for a few minutes before turning around and flying away.

The deputy’s encounter with the little bird was originally posted on the County Sheriff’s Facebook page and Twitter feeds Thursday.

The encounter of the cute and feathered-kind has since been shared across Twitter thousands of times though retweets and under the hashtag #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls.

The video Berman took was posted to YouTube Friday and has since been viewed over 921,000 times. The video has been provided above for our readers’ viewing pleasure.

The brief run-in between the deputy and the bird has gone viral across the Internet as well as being covered by several news outlets and The Associated Press and has even been picked up overseas by The Daily Mail.

Never underestimate the power of cute animals when posted to the Internet.

Boulder County (Colorado) Sheriff's Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, making a brief video before the bird flew away. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as Berman patrolled the area, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, July 21, 2015 | AP Photo courtesy of the Dan Walter/Boulder County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Boulder County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, making a brief video before the bird flew away. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as Berman patrolled the area, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, July 21, 2015 | AP Photo courtesy of the Dan Walter/Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

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4 Comments

  • DRT July 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    There is a recipe for Hoot Owl Pie on the webb. 🙂

  • AnnieMated July 26, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    SO CUTE!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 😀

  • sagemoon July 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Too cute!

  • Mean Momma July 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Awww! Too cute!

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