Minnesota Zoo’s Eurasian eagle owl “Star” who went missing during “routine training” is found dead
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A Eurasian eagle owl named Gladys who went missing after flying away earlier this month has died, the Minnesota Zoo confirmed last week.
The zoo said last Tuesday that the animal “flew to a tree and did not return” during a “routine training session” earlier in October. The staff tried to follow the owl, the zoo said at the time, adding that Gladys “did not pose a threat to public safety and we are proactively working with local wildlife agencies and authorities to help with the search.”
The Minnesota Zoo educated anyone who saw a bird that looked like their owl should notify the police.
On Thursday, however, the zoo announced that Gladys was found injured that morning, located “by the side of the road” where a “worried neighbor” helped her and took her to the zoo.
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“Our veterinary team responded immediately but unfortunately Gladys was already deceased. We would like to thank the community for the tremendous outpouring of support and information they provided to assist with Gladys’ search,” the zoo said. .
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They added, “For the past five years, Gladys has been a beloved ambassador for her species in the bird show. The animal care team hand raised her from a chick. and worked with her on a daily basis. It’s a tough day for our team. Every time an animal dies, we feel the impact of that loss as a zoo community. “
Zach Nugent, the communications specialist at the Minnesota Zoo, told the Star Tribune, that Gladys was a “star” at the zoo: “People have come to know her over the years. It really created a unique bond that is not always there with the other animals that visitors see at the zoo.”