"zeus" - great horned owl
Why the name?
Because he is the supreme ruler of the world (according to him).
Arrived in 2005.
This male Great Horned Owl was hit by a car in 2005. A severed tendon in his right wing greatly limits his ability to fly.
Zeus is a Great Horn Owl that is comfortable in his role as a model specimen of the largest and fiercest owl species in northern Virginia. He proclaims his dominance nightly with a series of low deep hoots that can be heard throughout the neighborhood. Local interlopers often call back, no doubt wondering why Zeus does not chase them off his territory.
Zeus enjoys strengthening his formidable grip and bite by ripping at his perches with both talons and beak. The poor AstroTurf and wood never had a chance.