A NEW species of owl has been created for people who sell things on craft websites.
‘Crafting’ fans hired genetic engineers to create the Rinjani Scops owl, which they hope will provide inspiration for owl-based ephemera.
Trinket maker Emma Bradford said: “We’d done pretty much everything possible with existing owl species, but this new bird opens up hundreds of knick-knack possibilities.
“Rinjani Scops owl candle soaps, Rinjani Scops owl scented drawer liners, Rinjani Scops owl sun visors…I could go on.”
Nikki Hollis, an ornithological style tweeter, explained: Owls have a huge significance in the artisanal world.
We classify an owl as anything with big eyes and a decent mark up value – like Lily Cole, if Lily Cole ate shrews.
Geneticist Dr Roy Hobbs said: “I’m working closely with the craft community to make new animals with appealing, iconic facial features.
“Currently I’m doing some mottled snakes for people who make draught excluders and sock puppets.
“Also I’m splicing together a new dung beetle that will be introduced to Namibia and subsequently form the basis of a garish Christmas tree ornament.”