Kind Travel: Explore These Alternatives to Owl Cafés in Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Yeah, we get it. On your social media feed, you’ve seen pictures of people petting cute owls and now you want one too. Over the last few years, owl cafés have mushroomed all over Tokyo. And while it might be a unique opportunity to get your picture taken with an owl or other bird and pet their fluffy body, it isn’t the greatest idea from an animal welfare point of view.
Recent research has shown that birds are far more sentient than we used to assume—and anyone with half a heart will probably already have guessed this. Did you know that pigeons can distinguish between male and female humans? I certainly can’t tell one pigeon gender from the other—and admittedly, these birds don’t exactly rank as the Einsteins of the avians

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