Meet the Mascot of Kanha

Considering that the logo of the Kanha National Park contains a deer and a tiger and the fact that people instantly associate Kanha with the tiger, it may come as a surprise to many that the unofficial mascot (or mascots) of the jungle is a family of spotted owlets. I am not kidding you- pick up any magazine or any popular literature on the park and chances are that you will find a photograph of one of more spotted owlets sitting in a particular oblong shaped hollow in a tree.

This tree is one of the first things you come across as you enter the park and is home to a family of spotted owlets who decide to occasionally grace the tourists with a glorious vision of themselves. However they do not really reveal themselves until they are convinced that they are at their cutest best.

What follows is a photo slideshow of what happened when one of the spotted owlets was caught surprised and unprepared on camera by the Myna Chronicler.

Oh my God! It's 4 pm already and the tourists are here on the afternoon safari..yikes!!! Where is my make-up?
No time for make-up!!! Calm down breathe easy...1-2-3-4-5
Switching to cute mode in 3-2-1 and ACTION!!!!
That's right folks! Owls are associated with wisdom. We are often seen in the company of the Goddess Athena
We are fluffy and cute, but watch out for our beaks and claws (Don't I look stunning?)
(To the other owlets) Somebody get that phone- I can't concentrate here
Hey! What are you laughing at you ignorant tourists....
You have not witnessed the wrath of the owl! I will promptly proceed to remove you with my telekinetic forces...
Hey you! Myna Chronicler! Where are you going?? Come back!!!

Oh its too late for that you angry young owlet! Better learn to keep a lid on that temper of yours…otherwise you’ll start turning into a Myna (gulp! I hope the Mynas aren’t reading this.)



16 Comments Add yours

  1. sanetes says:

    Awesome photo series!

    (… and a truly cute owl)

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you for the comment and for visiting!

  2. Nirmala says:

    Very lovely series of pictures.Love the commentary too!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sathya says:

    cool series ! love the expression and the story behind ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  4. Jyothin says:

    Hahaha… good one!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Jyothin!

  5. Lav says:

    I love the shot of the owl glaring down at the ignorant tourists.. Worth its weight in..err..owls… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very lovely piece of photo blogging!!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you! I was lucky to get so many expressions

  6. Vinay says:

    Nice one Sukanya. I think this is the most potographed bird in India. Everyone who goes to Kanha has a picture of them. Here is one of mine from my last trip to Kanha where we saw all the five of them together.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you Vinay, I checked your photo. It was absolutely brilliant. I think you were quite lucky in getting all of them together. I think I saw one in Lonely Planet magazine with three of them. Excellent!

  7. Sunanda says:

    Hahhaa! Super cute owl. The owl was almost doing a Chandler in front of the camera. My winner is the telekinetic one. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Me too…that one was just priceless!

  8. Ha ha.. .really enjoyed this one!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you! Im glad you enjoyed!

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