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Ring-bearing owl falls asleep during wedding

A wedding surprise is ruined thanks to a sleepy owl.

By Kristin Wong Sep 23, 2013 10:17PM

She had one job.

A bride in England wanted to surprise her husband on their wedding day, so she picked Darcy, a trained barn owl, to be the ring-bearer. The plan was simple: the rings would be tied to Darcy’s feet, and a hired falconer would cue the owl during the ceremony.

Darcey, the barn owl carrying wedding rings that landed in the rafters of the Holy Cross Church in Sherston, Wiltshire, U.K., thus halting the service for a few minutes (Reverend Chris Bryan/SWNS.com)MSN Living: Minister stops wedding to scold photographers

But Darcy had other plans — namely, taking a nap on the church rafters. When the owl was called, she saw the gauntlet where she was supposed to land but headed for the roof instead.

"The idea was it would be amazing and [the owl] would swoop over the heads of the guests, and they'd all feel the air rushing from its wings, but it didn't quite work like that,” Rev. Chris Bryan told the Telegraph.

Rev. Bryan explained that the guests laughed it off, and a back-up pair of rings was used to finish the ceremony. Darcy was still asleep when the guests and newlyweds left.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Photo: Darcy, the barn owl carrying wedding rings, landed in the rafters of the Holy Cross Church in Sherston, Wiltshire, U.K., halting the service for a few minutes. (Reverend Chris Bryan/SWNS.com)

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