TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - An Alabama forest ranger has just discovered what is believed to be the smallest owl in history.
Ranger Cunningham Quickquibble, said that he was patrolling an isolated area of The Cornbread State Forest when he heard what sounded like a munchkin uttering the word "Who."
Ranger Quickquibble looked around and did not notice anything in the immediate area. He turned off his iPod which was playing Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much," so that he could hear better.
It was then that he noticed a tiny little gray speck on a Loblolly Pine leaf. As he got closer he realized that the little speck was a full grown owl.
Quickquibble later told his supervisor that the micro-owl was about the size of a standard grain of Uncle Ben's Converted Rice.
He pointed out that the owl looked just like a normal owl except that it had three ears, no belly button, and of course was rice-size.
Ranger Quickquibble carefully picked up the micro-owl and put it in an empty super plenamins pill container.
He took a small Phillips screwdriver and very carefully drilled three tiny holes on the top so that Wisey, as he named the micro-owl, would be able to breathe but not escape.
SIDENOTE: The state of Alabama has been approached by the San Diego Zoo who want to buy Wisey for $900 and put him on display in their world famous bird aviary.