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In the titled novel "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH", The owl is the oldest
The Secret Of Nimh - Owl scene

The Secret Of Nimh - Owl scene

animal in the woods. Birds used to consult him when they need an advice and to know how to deal with a serious dilemma. The owl appears so in Jeremy's eyes, the crow, like the wisest bird. Indeed He seems to know almost all animals in the woods and also everything happening. The owl looks very large. Each of his feathery feet are tripped with 5 gleaming talons an inch long. His eyes are yellows colored.

His house and habits

The owl lives in an hollow inside a dying tree. Like all the owls, he cannot see in the light. This is why, he used to come out in the night (dark) for hunting. Mice are among his preys. Nevertheless, he doesn't harm or trap any prey that comes freely in his home. He seems to follow other principes, such as avoid discussing problems with people he cannot see in front of him and he is also thankful and willing to help in return, any person in trouble who have been helful to a bird. Besides, The owl sleeps during the daytime, but he waits awoken until the dusk ends in his house. His house is spacious and clean, but the floor like stalagmites, is extremely rough. He builds himself a nest in his house with twigs and leaves and lined it at the top with feather's wisps. The owl faces the same problem of "moving day" like the Frisbys. While his living house which is inside a dying tree may fall down one day, he doesn't yet cognize a solution.

Scenes, he shows up in

We can see the owl, when Mrs Frisby, needing an advice, goes to his home with Jeremy. Despite she fears at first to be eaten by him, the owl indicates to her a great way to save her whole family, showing to her meanwhile that he has a profound respect to her late husband. In fact, The owl knows the rats of NIMH who living in the rosebush near Fitzgibbon's garden, particularly Justin and Nicodemus. He knows also what they are able to do for instance, moving Frisby' house "in the lee of the stone".

Source : O'Brien, R.C (1971). Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. New York: Aladin Paperbacks.