>> Up close and personal with a fierce predator in Japan. The Owl Village just one of many cafes like it popping up around the country. But animal activists say that behind the warm and fuzzy photo ops is a darker story of abuse. They're calling for the cafes to be shut down.
> Somehow cafes are short-staffed and customers are allowed to freely interact with the birds but here they have to be accompanied by a staff member who explains how to touch the animals.>> Owls are a symbol of luck in Japan which seems to be rather unlucky for some of the birds themselves.
But some cafes insist they take good care of their star attractions.>>
Activists say some cafes have put business first, leading to tragedy. One report saying that within a year, seven had died at one cafe alone.