Friday, December 16, 2005
"Hoot, It's 4:20!" 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
This story from Sarasota was just too cute and funny to pass up...apparently, a screech owl with a taste for ganja was found stuck inside one family's Christmas tree:
Cheech, the stoned owlA bird with a buzz found in a Florida family's Christmas tree is getting ready to go back into the wild. The little screech owl was found in the tree, which the family had kept for five days before deciding to decorate it. Animal control officers from Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary came to get the owl, and said they smelled a strange odor on it when they did.

"Curiously enough, the owl's feathers smelled very, very potently like marijuana," said Jeff Dering, of the sanctuary. "They examined the owl, looked at its eyes, ... and the owl was, in the vernacular, stoned." Blood tests confirmed the owl's state. Sanctuary staff checked the bird out, fed him and named him "Cheech." They said he would be released in a few days.
[via NBC-5 Chicago]