Harry Potter made the owl a famous pet among folks who loved the series. But now that its all ended, the movies have run their course. Now hundreds of owls are landing in animal shelters. That's so sad.
Many Potter fans have been getting rid of their feathered symbols of fandom. Pam Toothill, of the Owlcentre in North Wales for example, says that before the films, her sanctuary had a mere six owls. After the films, she's got a 100. How many more have been released into the wild?
Putting aside the spotted puppy craze that followed 101 Dalmatians, the article from the Mirror includes this tidbit:
The Harry Potter owl craze echoes that of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film in the early 1990s, when thousands of unwanted pet terrapins were dumped in Britain's rivers, canals and lakes.