After a trio of owls were born in a tree outside an LA office, the avian contingent have taken up residence on the windowsill and the people inside ‘Just. Can’t. Even’.
It seems the three birds are absolutely fascinated by the work of the puny humans, one of whom is Michael Lens, a UCLA Urban Planning Professor, who shared a photograph from inside his co-worker’s office.
Now, owls are an iconic symbol of wisdom as wise people know, so perhaps this little trio of birds are a good omen and a great source of inspiration to keep up the academic pursuit of knowledge for the professors…
Owls were born on my colleague’s windowsill a few weeks ago and I. Just. Can’t. Even. pic.twitter.com/W6ZjP5TCZ6
— Michael Lens (@mc_lens) April 11, 2018
Who are we kidding?
The animals, who are only a few weeks old, are so cute it would be almost impossible to avoid procrastination – and as Lens is already ‘strugglin’ with the jugglin’ according to his Twitter bio, it seems zero work is getting done today in that particular Los Angeles department.
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Twitter reacted accordingly:
I don't blame you. Whoo could work under such conditions?!
— Jeremy Hoffman (@jeremyhoffman) April 11, 2018
Jeremy Hoffman delivered this wise pun, when he replied:
I don’t blame you. Whoo could work under such conditions?!
After the tweet went viral across the Twitter globe, a user by the name of @shenmaxiu said:
It’ll be a hoot.
It’ll be a hoot.
— 沈马修 (@shenmaxiu) April 11, 2018
Someone else who, according to their handle is ‘Unapologetically Me’ added:
Owl agree to that.
Once the puns had slipped into the ‘distinctly average’ category of comedy, there was only time left for one thing. Admiring the cute newborns.
Owl agree to that.
— Unapologetically Me (@UnabashedlyMe92) April 13, 2018
Others couldn’t decide whether the ‘sweet little critters’ were ‘adorable’ or hilarious.
Their little super interested faces would make me laugh daily if I had to see them. But also happy. It’s adorable.
Their little super interested faces would make me laugh daily if I had to see them. But also happy. It's adorable.
— ɥɐıʇsǝH (@hestiahdruid) April 12, 2018
I would love to see these sweet little critters every day!
— Yvette Gilbert (@YvetteG92386871) April 12, 2018
On the other hand, some people are finding the trifecta quite creepy.
A little like this assortment of crazy pets:
Needless to say, a bunch of owls – referred to as a ‘parliament’, ‘stare’, ‘study’, or ‘wisdom’ of owls, in case you didn’t know – are a little less threatening for office fellows than an eight-foot crocodile.
But as far as the owls go, there’s one particular culprit who’s giving some Twitter observers the heebie jeebies. Can you spot which one?
Here he (or she) is:
Are we not going to talk about this one? pic.twitter.com/dGgbicM21m
— An Adult Appearently??? (@hannahcabana15) April 12, 2018
This little guy does have something of the Grim Reaper about him. His hunch, if nothing else, is testament to his amazing owl anatomy.
Many questioned what it was about this particular office which had the owls and their unwavering gaze so enraptured.
They sent their questions out into the ether:
Who, who, who is there.
— FatChickinL.A. Cuddly Rebel (@FatChickinLA) April 12, 2018
Someone had an idea:
Look at their faces! "We know you're watching porn Greg."
— Pam Mifsud (@drunkvegans) April 12, 2018
Does this mean these wild owls owls are the office worker’s new best friends, if not their co-working pets?
More importantly, one clever observer asked the question any discerning owl fan would have noted.
Miss Em Zee said:
Did someone in your office recently turn 11? #HogwartsLetter
— Miss Em Zee (@MissEmZee) April 11, 2018
Unless UCLA has welcomed an 11-year-old child prodigy onto their teaching staff, we doubt it somehow… Unless magic is afoot of course.
More curious creatures like this please:
What a hoot, guys.
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.