Alex O'Brien


Fri, 1 May, 2015

Why does this little owl look so miserable?

Why does this little owl look so miserable?

A wildlife photographer’s picture of a miserable owl forced to stand in the pouring rain has gone viral.

The poor little thing has unofficially been crowned the “world’s saddest owl”.

Shamma Esoof, 28, took the photograph at Penang Bird Park in Malaysia and it went on to win first place in the Duggak Capture the Moment Photo Contest.

“I shot this precious moment on a rainy monsoon day,” she explained, continuing, “I stood in ankle deep rainwater and shared a silent conversation with this shivering wet owl.”

“We stared at each other for a long while. Its deep intelligent eyes and sad demeanor changed my perception of birds forever.

“They are more sentient and self-aware than I ever imagined. I clicked the photo to preserve that wonderful moment.”