Elsa and Anna


Snowy Owls

Scientific name

Bubo scandiacus

About my breed

The snowy owl is not endangered or threatened in the U.S but is protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act. The snowy owl is a large, white owl of the true owl family. Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and the Palearctic. Males are almost all white, while females have more flecks of black plumage.

About me

Elsa (left) is 5 years old and has been with the Sanctuary since she was a baby. Elsa has more black plumage than Anna, our much younger snowy owl, and is slightly larger. She came to us because she cannot fly, her left wing did not develop properly when she was born, making her disabled, and she would have been put down had Paul not taken her from her previous owner. As Paul saved her, she has an unbelievable bond with him, she is a daddy’s girl! Her disability does not affect her in the slightest, in fact she is very independent and likes to do her own thing. She does not like going on the hand as she struggles with her balance but loves her chest being tickled! Anna (right), or Anna Banana, as she likes to be called came to us as a rehome 3 years ago. We then decided to introduce her to Elsa and thankfully they got on well. Anna is a special owl, she is not very bright, and it took her a long time to learn basic owl instincts like preening, sleeping on one leg and flying. In fact, even to this day, she does not fly even though physically there is nothing wrong with her. She just chooses to sit around and do as little as possible! We originally thought Anna would look after Elsa but ironically Elsa helps Anna most of the time! It is a lovely partnership.