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This is a rare barn owl born with a genetic condition called melanism. The 100,000-to-one gene mutation makes the feathers jet black, pretty much the opposite of an albino. Melanistic owls have poor chances for survival in the wild since the mothers will chuck them from the nest or kill them. This beautiful owl named Sable was born and raised in captivity and is being cared for by the Hereford Owl Sanctuary. Photo: Gareth Iwan Jones

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Mysterious Human Nature: 10 P.D. James Quotes on People and Writing

Over the course of her ninety-four years, P.D. James cultivated some thought-provoking ideas on the nature of people as well as the nature of writing.