Sooty owlets at the Taronga Zoo

Whooo are those cute little babies?

Two sooty owlets at Australia’s Taronga Zoo, that’s who!

The chicks, above in October, hatched two days apart in early August.

Keeper Grey Fisher has been like a surrogate dad to the pair — named Phoenix and Dragon — feeding them at all hours of the day and night, the zoo says in a blog post. Fisher has been hand-raising the owls, who are the first of their species to live at the zoo.

Fisher says that Dragon, the younger chick, has been the more curious of the two, but Phoenix is becoming more inquisitive. 

The little owls are now discovering new ways to move their heads and get around. The duo makes a trilling noise, but that will develop into a screech or a whistle as they get older.