After marching purposefully, the chick stretched its wings and took off running.
The youngster was building its muscles as it learned to fly, according to photographer Hannie Heere, 64.
A little barn owl in Brabant, in the Netherlands stretching its muscles and learning how to fly for the first time
‘This was the first time I’ve seen an owl run like this and I really enjoyed it,’ said Miss Heere, who spotted the bird in Brabant in the Netherlands.
The baby owl ran towards its mother and a waiting mouse dinner.
Ms Heere remained patiently five or six metres away from the birds to avoid startling them and to capture their natural behaviors.
Her photo has now been shared by millions of people worldwide, and it has been altered to produce humorous visuals.
After striding purposefully, the chick then spread its wings and broke into a run
Owls take their first flight when they are ten weeks old. Before that, they practice flying by trial and error and exhibit odd movements like the ones in the photograph.
Ms Heere added: ‘A couple of people have told me it’s a very unusual and cute photo of a brave walker.’
One meme maker captioned the image ‘Five year-old me running to say hello to dad when he comes back from work’, while another prankster added: ‘Oh lawd he comin’.
Another even photoshopped a tiny sword and shield to the image, with hilarious results.
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