Eden Prairie now has its own owl, whooo needs a name

The bird's injury is permanent so he'll be sticking around.
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Who is wise enough to come up with a name for an owl?

The city of Eden Prairie will find someone in the next week or so. Because they need to know what to call their new ambassador.

The city explained Wednesday that an injured barred owl showed up in December. After several weeks of care at Eden Prairie's Outdoor Center, it became clear that the injury to the owl's right wrist was permanent and would prevent him from being released back into the wild.

So the city is keeping him. He'll live at the Outdoor Center and plans are in the works to have him appear at various city events, especially this summer's Raptor Camp.

So they've got to call him something. You can leave your suggestions on Eden Prairie's Facebook page through next Wednesday. They'll pick a winner the following week.

Wait ... owls have wrists?

This was a revelation to us, too. But, yes, owls have wrists. All birds do.

They're part of the wing. Even though a wing looks very different than an arm, the bones in them are similar. All-birds.com explains that a bird's wrist – and the hand bones that extend from it – support their primary feathers. There's also a forearm further up that supports the secondary feathers closer to the bird's body.

You can learn lots more about owls, eagles, hawks and other birds of prey at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center or by going to one of their summer camps. Registration starts on Feb. 13.

You might even see Owly McOwlface there – but he'll have a real name by then.

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