Colorado Springs

Owl family at Lowe's Home Improvement store draws crowds

Owl family calls Loew's home

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

It's a story that might just motivate you to get some home improvements done - or at least browse around a bit.

"This just blew my mind. I was not expecting this at all," said Brittany Powell of Colorado Springs. "This is so cool!"

Powell's reaction is not unlike many customers who venture into the Lowe's Garden Center at Colorado Springs' University Village shopping complex.

The reason for all the fanfare? Five owls to be exact. A mom, dad, and three owlets. Lowe's Garden Center has been their home for the last few months. And they're drawing their fair share of onlookers.

"Who would have thought we'd be coming to Loew's to see this?" said photographer Carol McCallister, who ventured to Lowe's on Monday just to snap a few pictures of the owl family.

For some, the owls are a surprise.

"You come to Lowe's for plants not to take pictures of owls," said Lowe's customer Karen Crafts.

But for others like McCallister, the owls are the main attraction.

"I've been lucky enough to see them in the wild -- this isn't necessarily the wild but close enough," McCallister said.

Before you think these owls are just a natural attraction, Lowe's employees we spoke to believe they actually do serve an important purpose.

"[The owls are] taking care of my rabbit population in here because we do get quite a few rabbits in here from the fields in the back. They come in cause there's an abundance of foliage here," said Lowe's Garden Center employee Butch Beasley.

Lowes is working with wildlife officers to make sure the owls are in a safe location in the garden center. The owlets weigh about 3 pounds each right now and will be learning to fly soon.

"The next phase is the one we're most concerned with because they don't really fly away, they fly to the ground and mom takes care of them for about a month," Beasley said.

The Wildlife Department has offered to assist Lowe's move the owl family once the owlets leave the nest to fly.



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