23 February 2024


Truly a magnificent bird

He will be missed
Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle Owl who has been thriving in Manhattan after he excaped from his cage at the Central Park Zoo, has died following crashing into a building.

In is honor, I am breaking my eleven month a year embargo on profanity.

I am bumming over this:

Flaco, the Eurasian eagle-owl whose escape from the Central Park Zoo and subsequent life on the loose in Manhattan captured the public’s attention, died Friday night after apparently striking a building on the Upper West Side, officials said.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the zoo, said in a statement that Flaco had been found on the ground after hitting a building on West 89th Street.

Building residents contacted the Wild Bird Fund, a rescue organization, whose staff members responded quickly, retrieved him and declared him dead a short time later, the society said.

Zoo employees took him to the Bronx Zoo, where a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. He would have turned 14 next month.

Flaco’s year as a free bird began on the evening of Feb. 2, 2023, when someone shredded the mesh on the modest enclosure where he had lived nearly his entire life. The police said in January that no arrests had been made and that the investigation was continuing.

I don't know why, with all the hurt and cruelty in the world, this makes me so sad.


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