Rare footage of an owl swimming through Face Canyon in Lake Powell in the United States is going viral on the internet. The video went viral on social media recently while it was shot in May 2016.
It shows the owl, identified by the National Geographic as a great horned owl, swimming in a narrow water body, using its wings in a way that resembles a human breast stroke.
According to the National Geographic, it is likely that the owl is a young one - it still had some of its nestling feathers - that fell out of its nest and into the water.Experts also point out that swimming is the last resort for birds, as they have no way to defend themselves while in water.
In this video, the wonderful multi-tasking owl managed to reach the end of the water body and will have to dry its feathers before taking flight again. "This bird is young enough that the parents were probably still caring for it, so hopefully once the folks go by, the bird dried off and its parents found it," says the director of the National Audubon Society, Geoff LeBaron, to the National Geographic.