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UPDATE: Owl That Left Minnesota Zoo During Training Session Dies

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The search for an owl that flew away from the Minnesota Zoo earlier this month has come to a sad end.

The zoo said Gladys, an Eurasian eagle owl, was found hurt on a roadside by a neighbor, who took the owl to the zoo. Unfortunately, the veterinary team was unable to save Gladys.

“For the last five years, Gladys has been a beloved ambassador of her species in the bird show,” the zoo said in a statement. “This is a difficult day for our team. Whenever an animal dies, we feel the impact of that loss as a Zoo community.”

Gladys flew off of a tree during a training session. The zoo worked with wildlife officials to find the bird, and also asked for the public’s help, prompting tips and photos to pour in on social media.

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo is searching for a lost owl.

KFGO reports that the zoo’s Eurasian eagle owl named Gladys flew away during a routine exercise and training session earlier this month and didn’t return.

Zoo staff believe Gladys is probably still within the zoo’s 485-acre, heavily forested grounds.

They’re asking the public to keep an eye out for her.

She would be tough to miss.

Eurasian owls are among the largest owls in the world, with piercing orange eyes and six-foot wingspans.

Zoo staff say Gladys doesn’t pose a threat to public safety but anyone who sees her should call their local police department.


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