After a couple of months of training, Ripley the Barking Owl starred in her first free flight bird show this week. Ripley truly shone as she wowed the audience with her low flights back and forth over the top of their heads. Without fault, Ripley studied the crowed, wind direction, lined up the trainers and flew with an allmighty confidence. The one thing that Ripley hadn’t experienced in her training was the Rat Routine.This routine consists of us telling the audience that since the arrival of the owls in the show we haven’t seen a rat or mouse just as a group of trained rats run across the back fence as a joke. Ripley took great interest in seeing the rats running across the fence and would have loved to have made their acquaintance although I don’t think the rats would’ve been very happy with that. It was a very proud moment for her trainers, Felicity and Erin, as they worked her in show. It is a great moment to see an owl that you have raised make it, showing how “my little girl is growing up”.