People Just Realized What Owls Look Like Without Feathers And OMG


1. Author Dana Schwartz tweeted this horrifying revelation on Sunday. It can’t be unseen.

2. She followed it up with this glorious tweet.

3. If you’re wondering, two experts confirmed to BuzzFeed News that yes, this IS actually what owls look like without any feathers.

The deputy director of World Bird Sanctuary, Jeffrey Meshach, said that in the second photo “the bird in the center is what a barn owl would look like with almost no feathers.”

“It’s actually a great photo showing how much feathers change the appearance of a bird,” he said.

Teri Grendzinski of the National Aviary also confirmed that “the whole specimen is a barn owl” in the photo.

“It appears that the skeletons are as well,” she said.

4. Obviously, people are stunned by the evidence.

5. Many thought something fishy was going on.

6. And also, maybe ancient?

@DanaSchwartzzz dinosaurs

— Matthew Manning (@mattmanning)

7. Others “prayed.”


— justin henry (@jhenry1786)

8. Some crawled into the ~horrifying~ depths of Google for more nude animal photos, such as these featherless chickens.

@DanaSchwartzzz because of this I googled "Chickens Without Feathers" and it is equally horrifying

— Peyton McLeod (@tpmcleod)

9. This bristleless hedgehog.

@DanaSchwartzzz Bald hedgehogs are testicles with a face

— James H (@angusprune)

10. This coatless possum.

@looks_last @tittenkits @patel_jesse @DanaSchwartzzz I would like to submit a hairless possum for your enjoyment.

— aggro (@argobagdr)

11. This hairless bunny.

@patel_jesse @DanaSchwartzzz I did as you suggested (oh my god) and this wee wizard popped up in image results.

— Jane (@looks_last)

12. AND, omg, this furless bear.

@DanaSchwartzzz bears without fur take the cake though

— Alexander Luthor (@BlactimusPrime)
  1. So, which of these animals look the creepiest naked?
    1. Chickens
    2. Hedgehogs
    3. Bears
    1. Owls (duh)
    2. Possums
    3. Rabbits

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