News from the Natural World: Barn Owls admit that they were ecstatic when humans invented barns.
Barn Owls have recently made an announcement that has shaped the way we animals view evolution. For thousands and thousands of years, Barn Owls had lived in fear. Since the dawn of time, other Owls could sleep, raise their Owlets and protect themselves in nests. But Barn Owls were scuppered, they had nowhere to live and raise their chicks. They roamed the ancient countryside, endlessly searching and seeking. Some young Barn Owls would set off as youngsters to seek glory on a Barn Quest. They would leave their parents behind and go off in search of the fabled and mythical Barn. The stories said that one day the Barn would appear and provide joy, safety, security and most importantly a home to Barn Owls all over the world. Then one day it happened, one-day humans invented Barns.
It is believed that the modern barn was preceded by the three-aisled medieval barn, commonly known as tithe barn or monastic barn. This, in turn, originated in a 12th-century building tradition, also applied in halls and ecclesiastical buildings. In the 15th century, several thousands of these huge barns were to be found in Western Europe. In the course of time, its construction method was adopted by normal farms and it gradually spread to simpler buildings and other rural areas. But it was in the 12th century that a Barn Owl first saw the very first Barn. We managed to secure an interview with that Owls descendant.
Barn Owls Admit That They Were Ecstatic
“Well, honestly it’s been a story that’s been passed through my family for generations. Apparently, my relative couldn’t believe it when he saw it. One day he was flying along on his usual morning Barn hunting routine. You know back in those days they had conscription. Every young Barn Owl between the age of 4 and 8 was called up to the search and enlisted in the Barn Quest. Apparently, my ancestor flew right past it the first time. Then he thought, hang on a minute that looked like a bloody Barn. So he flew back immediately and low and behold there it was, the first-ever Barn.”