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Salma Hayek says her pet owl coughed up a 'ball of rat hair' on Harry Styles' head

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Salma Hayek and Harry Styles.
Salma Hayek and Harry Styles. Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP/Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
  • Salma Hayek said Harry Styles was at her house when he became enamored with her pet owl, Kering.

  • Hayek said that Kering climbed on the singer's head and vomited out a "ball of rat hair."

  • "He was super-cool, by the way. Even with that happening," she said.

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Salma Hayek called into "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" from London on Tuesday to promote her new film "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" and recalled an awkward moment when her pet owl, named Kering, coughed up a ball of rat hair on Harry Styles' head.

Hayek, who recently did a cover shoot with People magazine with her owl, told Ellen that she has a very close bond with the bird and even sleeps with it when her husband is out of town. "She comes and snuggles... sometimes in the middle of the night. She lands on my head. It's a little bit jarring, but I'm kind of used to it," she said.

However, Hayek said Kering has a unique way of introducing herself to guests.

"One time, there was a very important celebrity - I will not say his name - and he was really excited about the owl and was hoping that the owl would go on his head because it was on me," Hayek said initially refusing to name the celebrity.

"He was like, 'Oh, I need an owl in my life. How do you do that?' And the minute he least expected it, it came on his head - but then she did the thing, and this thing came out. This ball of rat hair was on his head."

Later in the episode, Ellen asked who the mystery celebrity was, and Hayek finally named dropped the former One Director singer.

"He was super-cool, by the way. Even with that happening," she said.

Salma has often talked about her wide and eclectic collections of household pets. In 2016, during an interview on the "Graham Norton Show," she said that she was up to 30 pets.

"I had promised my husband I was going to stop because at the time I had 10 dogs, five parrots, alpacas, horses, cats, and by the way, one without a tail, the other one without a leg," she said.

"And I was there [filming a movie in Bulgaria] and a little puppy who was abandoned and was going to die. I won't tell you the sad story because this is like a comedic show. He came to me and I couldn't help it, and I picked him up. His name is Ochoa, after the goalie [Guillermo Ochoa] of the soccer team in Mexico."

Earlier this year, Hayek told People magazine that she adopted her pet owl two years ago after responding to an advertisement about rescue owls.

"I gave it to my husband as a Valentine's present and named her Kering because that's the name of his company and their symbol of the owl," Hayek said.

She added: "Even though owls don't drink liquids because they take everything from their prey, she likes good wine, this one."

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