Why does Roy want to save the owls in Hoot?

Roy wants to save the owls because he doesn't like the thought of mother and father owls flying around helplessly in circles while their babies are being buried beneath tons of dirt. And this is precisely what will happen if Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House is allowed to be built on top of the owls' habitat.

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Thanks to Mullet Fingers, Roy becomes something of an environmentalist, an eco-warrior determined to stop Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House from destroying the natural habitat of some burrowing owls.

Mullet Fingers tells Roy all about the owls: how they live, where they live, and how their very lives are under threat if the pancake house is built.

At the same time, Roy's decidedly uneasy about doing anything illegal. Saving the owls by sabotaging the construction site, as Mullet Fingers plans on doing, might be morally right, but it's still against the law, and Roy, not unreasonably, doesn't want to get into trouble.

But in the battle between Roy's heart and head, it's the heart that ultimately wins. He can't help thinking about that terrible day in the not too distant future when the owl dens will be destroyed by bulldozers in order to make way for the Pancake House. He has this terrible image in his mind of mother owls and father owls flying around helplessly in circles while their babies are being buried beneath a mound of dirt.

Roy is convinced that the owls must be saved. But he's determined to find a way of doing this that doesn't involve breaking the law. The question is how.

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