Owl by himself: Rescue efforts continue after Flaco flees Central Park Zoo

A Eurasian-eagle owl remains on the loose in New York City following his escape from the Central Park Zoo after his exhibit was vandalized.

Sunday afternoon, the bird, named Flaco, was perched on a tree in Central Park, across the street from the Plaza Hotel. He was clearly visible to the naked eye.

Dozens of onlookers watched in awe, below.

“I see him!” shouted one person.

“He’s pretty big!” said another.

On Sunday, a spokesperson for the zoo confirmed that their focus was on the recovery of the owl, but did not share details about the effort. The owl had also reportedly not eaten any of the food that was left out for him nearby, according to Manhattan Bird Alert.

On Friday, the zoo said that “the exhibit had been vandalized” and that the stainless steel mesh had been cut on Thursday evening. A spokesperson for the zoo said that police are investigating the crime.

In the days since his escape, Flaco has since been spotted in various locations around Upper Manhattan.

By Sunday afternoon, David Barrett, who runs the popular birding site Manhattan Bird Alert, said he was hopeful that rescuers would be successful.

Source : https://gothamist.com/news/owl-by-himself-rescue-efforts-continue-after-flaco-flees-central-park-zoo

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