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Linking L.A.: O.C. barn owls, chicks, become Internet famous

March 8, 2010 | 12:05 pm

A live video feed of barn owls and their chicks from the Starr Ranch Sanctuary is gaining traction on the Web.

The Orange County Register is reporting that the live feed, which has gone relatively unnoticed on the Internet for three years, is now garnering thousands of hits a day. This isn't the first animal video feed to go viral – I've seen puppies and bald eagles before – but it's certainly unique. The Register reports:

During mealtime, viewers watch the chicks compete for a rat or other small mammal, hunted and brought to the nest typically by the male owl. In the tussle for food, smaller chicks don't always get to eat. ...

Read the full story here.

Here are some other interesting L.A. items on the Web:

Funeral street car discovered: One East L.A. resident has unearthed a 101-year-old street car built to ferry mourners to cemeteries. The Eastsider LA reports:

The Descanso -- originally named Paraiso -- and a second car served Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights as well as other burial grounds in East Los Angeles, said Ralph Melching in a story posted on the website of the Pacific Railroad Society.

Homeless video profiles: A former homeless man and drug addict has started a website to feature the stories of homeless people. KPCC reports:

A former Hollywood insider, Horvath has been a drug addict, con artist and, for a brief period, homeless. He says he's left that life behind, and these days, he's drawing on his dark past to inspire his Web site--Invisiblepeople.tv. The site is a collection of YouTube-length video profiles of homeless people he's met across the country, and it's become a surprise hit in social media circles.

Birds_250 Song bird smuggler sentencing: A man caught smuggling song birds into Los Angeles is scheduled to be sentenced today. KPCC reports:

The colorful singing birds are sold to collectors and exhibitors in the United States for up to $400 apiece… The investigation started in late 2008, when Customs officials at LAX discovered luggage allegedly abandoned by [Sony] Dong containing 18 birds, five of which were dead, court papers show.

-- Anthony Pesce

Photo: The device Sony Dong used to smuggle song birds into Los Angeles. Credit: U.S. Attorney's Office

Have some news for Linking L.A.? Contact Times reporter Anthony Pesce.

Photo: The device Sony Dong used to smuggle song birds into Los Angeles. Credit: U.S. Attorney's Office