Meet The 1 In 100,000, Extremely Rare Black Barn Owl (6 Pics)

Barn owls are among the most common and loved of all owls, but this particular type of owl is anything but common.

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These black owls suffer from a gene mutation called melanism, which is the opposite of albinism.

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In the wild, black owls are usually killed as chicks by their own mothers who reject them due to their unique coloring.

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If not killed by their mother, when let out in the wild, the black owls would get mobbed and killed by the other owls.

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Given that owls hunt at night, it would be almost impossible to spot one of these guys coming at you.

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In the UK, there are only three known black owls, which is really amazing.

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“They are a different colour and in nature, and especially with barn owls, it tends to be survival of the fittest. Black barn owls tend to be smaller [than normal barn owls] and sometimes they have problems with their vision and hearing,” says Ms Manarin, an owner of a black owl.

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