Animals

By Michael Scott


A pair of owls have caused a stir after appearing as a totem pole while mating.

Photographer, Jose Luis Ruiz Jimenez, 44, witnessed the action while visiting a Spanish village called Calera y Chozas on March 15.

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The owls – which are known as little owls – can be seen standing on top of each other which causes them to reassemble a totem pole.

But in reality, it was breeding season and the owls were in fact mating.

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Jose, a chemist, said: “I think they do look like a totem pole perched on top of each other.

“But they are standing on top of each other as it’s breeding season and in the following moments they began to copulate.

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“I like photographing owls because they are very curious and complicated animals to photograph in conditions due to their nocturnal habits, although owlets are the diurnal owls living in Spain.”