Salma Hayek Picked A Wise Pet


Entertainment | By Holly Patrick | April 3, 2021

Salma Hayek has been acclaimed for decades due to her roles in popular films like From Dusk Till Dawn and in critically acclaimed ones like Frida—and yes, due also to her famously voluptuous figure, well-documented to this day on her Instagram feed. All of this is true, certainly.

So a person might be forgiven for assuming there was little or nothing more to her as a person, and for not having the time or inclination to investigate and learn any different, there just being so very many celebrities about whom untapped depth of character remains to be unearthed.

Thankfully, you have come to exactly the right place to find out what you may not have realized is the very most interesting celebrity factoid that you conceivably could have learned today: that Hayek is utterly devoted to her pet Kering, and that her pet Kering is in fact an owl.

A Gift For Her Husband

Kering is a southern white-faced owl, which is a relatively small species (making it an ideal pet as owls go) native to southern Africa. And as the name suggests, it is distinguished by light coloring over the face. Hayek has had Kering the owl for some two years, having gotten it as a present for her husband Francois-Henri Pinault on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. It was so-named because Kering is the name of Pinault’s company, whose logo is that of an owl. Very clever!

But despite all of the evidence seeming to indicate it was a suitable and selfless gift to Francois Henri, Hayek admitted that the man himself recognized immediately that Kering was more a gift for herself than for him. More admirably, Kering was a rescue owl, evidence of Hayek’s ethical nature.

The Life Of An A-List Owl

While the entire family is quite devoted to Kering, it is Hayek who most has a connection with and dotes on Kering the owl. Hayek allows her to sleep in the bedroom when Francois-Henri is away. The pair watch television together before bed, with Kering roosting on the iPad as Hayek watches it. Probably she takes care not to pick Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole!

While the entire family is quite devoted to Kering, it is Hayek who most has a connection with and dotes on Kering the owl. Hayek allows her to sleep in the bedroom when Francois-Henri is away. The pair watch television together before bed, with Kering roosting on the iPad as Hayek watches it. Probably she takes care not to pick Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole!

The Rest Of The Menagerie

It doesn’t end with just one owl for the animal-loving Hayek, of course: In a 2013 interview the actress listed a whole litany of others, which includes five horses, four alpacas, eight dogs, five parrots, two fish, a cat and a hamster. Hayek even admitted that her complement of animals is so numerous that she most likely was forgetting some, but one can guess that she remembers when she sees how fast her supply of wine goes!

Hayek has expounded on her love of her pets in other interviews, expressing the sentiment that they always make her feel welcome, and that she is deeply appreciative of the special sort of relationship that they share. Surely all pet owners reading this will agree, giving us all even more reason to be big fans of Salma Hayek.

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