Korean Owl Video: Man Politely Asks Bird To Wake Up

06/17/2013 12:11 pm ET

No, this poor owl did not have too much to drink, although that's pretty much how he's being addressed.

In this short YouTube video posted June 15, a man gently prods an owl that flew into a large window to see if the bird of prey is all right.

The owl groggily opens his eyes and looks up at the man before getting up with a bit of a start. (The mark the owl appears to have made upon impact can be seen in the video's opening shot.)

Reddit users translated what the man said to the owl.

"He's saying: 'Mister... mister... get your wits together,'" observed user theony. "I think it's adorable that he calls it 'mister.'"

"He's speaking to that owl like he would speak to a passed-out drunken man on the street," another user added.

At time of writing, the video had received about 148,000 YouTube views and had risen to the top of a Reddit video forum, where it received more than 3,000 "upvotes."

Although a lot of users liked the video for its comedic value, some were concerned the owl may have suffered a broken wing as a result of the impact.

According to the Audubon Society of Portland, an estimated 1 billion birds die in the United States each year from crashes with windows, but many such impacts are not fatal. The society's website offers advice for what to do with a stunned bird that has struck a window:

"[Place] the bird in a small box. Line the box with a towel and place half the box on a heating pad set on low. Give the bird a small bowl of water, but no food. Do not attempt to force the bird to drink. Place the box in a warm quiet place. Check the bird in 1 hour. If the bird is alert, active and able to fly, then release it immediately."

(via Reddit)

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