On August 2, the National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks—the
first hatching of this species at the Zoo in 30 years. A recent
population management plan recommended breeding the Zoo’s current
adult pair. The burrowing owl is named for their habit of living in underground
burrows. It can excavate its own hole but usually uses a burrow dug by
Earlier this month the Tallinn Zoo in Estonia welcomed a baby Ural owl chick. Contrary to their soft exterior, Ural owls are actually quite aggressive and will even swoop down to attack humans, particularly when chicks are present.