Tazi Phillips, Global Animal
Move over dogs and cats, a new species is taking over the internet and it’s not Harry Potter’s Hedwig. With over 3.5 million views, the YouTube video “Lovely Owl” has become a viral sensation. Posted on November 12, 2011, the video has made it to number 2 on the Top 20 list according to Viral Video Chart, and is the only animal video to make it onto the list that is largely dominated by music videos.
The video features Molla, an adorable owl being petted at ‘I Falconieri delle Orobie,’ a medieval falconry event celebrating birds of prey in northern Italy, near Milan. In addition to Molla, there are several other owl species shown, but it’s Molla who is bound to leave a special place in your heart for these cute animals. This content “Lovely Owl” getting a head massage from event visitors will surely make you “ooh” and “aww.”