Didn't the goddess Athena have an owl? Well, yes and no. In some stories, Athena is accompanied by an owl, and in others, she actually becomes the owl. Also, in various sources, she is referred to as "owl-eyed" or "flashing eyed". The connection between the goddess and the bird are undeniable though. The owl's ability to see in the dark naturally led to it being described as perceptive, watchful, and wise - all of which are fitting characteristics for a companion of the goddess of wisdom and war.