"Molly" is a cute, furry barn owl that moved into an owl barn in San Marcos residents Carlos and Donna Royal's back yard last month.
Molly's careful tending of the nestful of eggs she laid inside the barn since then has captured the hearts of people watching the bird live via a 24/7 feed the Royals are broadcasting over the Internet.
The Royals, who watched the eggs being laid, told the paper they expect the five eggs to begin hatching at any moment.
In the meantime, viewers can watch Molly as she sits on her nest, getting up every 15 minutes to roll each egg and shift her position to make sure they stay equally warm.
As word about the live feed has spread, the number of people who have logged on has jumped to more than 360,000. Thousands are also following Molly on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter and "her" online blog.
Read more: North County Times