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Two Cute Owlets

Do photographs show two cute owlets in a tree?

Published Dec 21, 2014

Claim:   Photographs show two cute owlets sitting in a tree.


Example:   [Collected via email, December 2014]

Is this real? Picture of owlets making the rounds on facebook.


Origins:   In December 2014, a photo purportedly showing two strange-looking owlets began circulating on Facebook:

The image received a viral boost on 16 December 2014 when it was shared via Reddit on the r/awww subreddit with the title "cute baby owls." Despite the fact that these creatures look more like Furby dolls than owlets, many people believed that they were real animals.

The photograph, however, was not snapped by a wildlife photographer; rather it was taken by Russian puppet creator Marina Yamkoskaia. The image shown above was originally shared by Yamkoskaia on her Instagram account on 13 December 2014, where she had been documenting the creation of these furry figments of her imagination for several months.

In an interview with the Russian publication Adme.ru, Yamkoskaia said she started drawing and sewing as a child:

"I get inspired rapidly. I see an interesting photo of an animal, think of a suitable fur, and I'm working!"

Last updated:   21 December 2014

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