Barn owl. (shutterstock)


Israeli farmers’ feathered friends not only keep fields rodent free, they have helped build bridges with Palestinian and Jordanian neighbors.

Barn owls love hunting mice, catching thousands a year if given the chance.

With that fact in mind, ingenious Israeli farmers and scientists figured out a way to use owls to catch the mice eating their crops.

Remarkably, the owls are keeping the fields pest-free without the need for pesticides. They are also bringing together grateful Israeli and Arab farmers, whose fields the owls prowl at night.