Owls are my favorite animal, I think. Somewhat of a toss up with rabbits (odd that I'd fall for a predator/prey combo). Either way I've had a massive fascination with Owls, and birds of prey in general, since I was pretty small. Where I lived in New Jersey they had a raptor rehabilitation center called The Raptor Trust
where they'd help injured birds on their way, or give them happy retirement homes if they couldn't be re-released.
They had a great grey owl there, and a barn owl that liked to play his own version of "Simon says" with visitors. Also, we've had a barred owl around here in the past, and they're among my favorites, both because they're AWESOME and because their call is "Who cooks for You? Who cooks for Yoooou?