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Baby Eurasian eagle owl debuts at Pittsburgh's National Aviary

Andrew Russell
| Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

The National Aviary is welcoming a Eurasian eagle owl to its campus on Pittsburgh's North Side.

Keepers showed off the 17-day-old owlet to the media on Wednesday to begin to acclimate the owlet to people before the aviary's “Baby Owl Encounter” scheduled for Thursday.

The program will give visitors a chance to hold and interact with the bird. This is the fifth time the aviary has had an eagle owl.

A DNA test is required to determine whether the owl is male or female. Once the results are in, the Aviary will name the newborn.

The owlet weighs 12.4 ounces, but it will grow to full size in eight weeks, topping out at 10 pounds. The encounter program will run through March 26.

By that time, Aviary officials said they anticipate the owl will feel comfortable around a variety of people and settings. After that, the owl will be sent to a zoo.

Andrew Russell is a reporter with the tribune-review.

The Eurasian eagle owlet will be part of the National Aviary's 'Baby Owl Encounter' through March 26, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The Eurasian eagle owlet will be part of the National Aviary's 'Baby Owl Encounter' through March 26, 2017.
A 17 day-old Eurasian eagle owlet receives attention from the local media at the National Aviary on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A 17 day-old Eurasian eagle owlet receives attention from the local media at the National Aviary on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
The National Aviary's Cathy Schlott holds a 17 day-old Eurasian eagle owlet during a media preview Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The National Aviary's Cathy Schlott holds a 17 day-old Eurasian eagle owlet during a media preview Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
The Eurasian eagle owlet weighs 12.4 ounces, but it will grow to full size in eight weeks, topping out at 10 pounds..
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The Eurasian eagle owlet weighs 12.4 ounces, but it will grow to full size in eight weeks, topping out at 10 pounds..
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