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@NewYorkNeek/Twitter David Britton

People can’t get enough of this running owl

Where exactly is this owl going?


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 10, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 3:53 pm CDT

Owls are fearsome nocturnal predators, with sharp talons and even sharper vision that allows them to zero in on unsuspecting prey. Their large eyes not only give them enhanced night vision but also give them a scholarly appearance and Owls are often used as a symbol of wisdom in works of fiction.

You probably knew all that, though. What you probably didn’t know was how cute they look when they run.

On Feb. 6, @NewYorkNeek posted the above video to Twitter along with the caption “Y’all ever saw a owl run?”

In the relatively short amount of time it’s been up, it’s already garnered over 23 million views. Everyone seems to love it.

We don’t currently know the name of the owl in question, but it’s quickly become a meme.

It’s even inspired an audio remix.

Running Owl has been with us less than a week so who knows how long it might stick around or what wacky turns this meme might take.  If we’ve learned anything from Duoling (other than some basic Spanish) it’s that owls memes can’t get really weird really quickly.

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*First Published: Feb 10, 2020, 11:40 am CST