Eagle Owl Escaped from Central Park Zoo

Flaco, the owl, on New York’s Fifth Avenue: the Central Park Zoo has been trying to catch him again since Thursday evening.
Image: Edmund Berry/EspressoBird/dpa

Urgently wanted: Owl Flaco was freed from his enclosure in the middle of New York. For days the bird has eluded all attempts to catch it again.

Zoo employees, the New York City Police Department and several bird watchers have been searching for an owl named Flaco for about two days. The bird was reported missing on Thursday evening (local time) after unknown persons cut through the grating of its enclosure at the Central Park Zoo. This was reported, among other things, by the “New York Times”.

Flaco was spotted several times throughout Friday in and around the park, including on the famous Fifth Avenue luxury shopping street. Users on Twitter shared photos and videos of the escaped animal, but Flaco could not be caught.

The currently extremely cold weather in New York made the project even more difficult. During the night of Saturday, the temperature temporarily dropped to -15 degrees. Bird expert David Barrett told ABC7 that Flaco should be able to handle the cold. However, after a decade in captivity, it may lack the ability to capture prey alone in the wild. Therefore he must be rescued and fed.

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