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Life’s no hoot for owls in Tokyo cafes, activists say

TOKYO: Owls fluff up their feathers and preen beneath the stroking fingers of customers at Owl Village, one of many cafes dedicated to the birds, seen as a symbol of good luck in Japan, that have sprung up amid a boom in animal cafes. But behind the squeals of delighted children in a cafe that is fully booked most days lurks a darker story of careless treatment that may endanger the nocturnal birds, activists say. Just disrupting their natural sleep cycles, and tying their feet to perches, as many cafes do, can…