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Barn Owl - not 'Oasis' however

With the present design of cruise ships more like amusement parks than sea-going vessels it was bound to happen. In "The Miami Herald" there was a report this morning of a stowaway aboard the MS Oasis of the Seas at Port Everglades, FL. However instead of calling ICE as is usually done they called FWC - yes the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The stowaway was a barn owl, a protected species in Florida, which had established her territory on the ships golf course - very clearly established it too. Unfortunately the turf is artifical material laid on a solid deck and she could not excavate a burrow. Two officers Mr. Bingham from FWC and Mr. Rudolph from BSO 'worked the case' spenting some thirty minutes before she was captured via a butterfly net. Barn Owl 'Oasis' was then escorted to Markham Park, Broward County where she was released without any charges being preferred.

Mr. Bingham reports that she "fixed me with the stare of death" clearly she was not too pleased. The MS Oasis of the Seas has a Central Park and lots of greenery so it is possible to see birds and butterflies aboard. In addition the vessel has some twenty restaurants so it is quite understandable that Ms. Oasis was more than a little pissed off at being removed.

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