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Flaco, New York City’s beloved owl, dies after striking building


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The Eurasian eagle owl named Flaco, which escaped New York City’s Central Park Zoo last year, has died after crashing into a building in Manhattan, officials said late on Friday.

Flaco went down after striking a building on West 89th Street and people reported the injured owl to the Wild Bird Fund (WBF), a statement from the Central Park Zoo said. WBF staffers soon found Flaco unresponsive and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Central Park Zoo’s statement said its staff still hoped that the New York police department was able to arrest whoever vandalised Flaco’s enclosure on 2 February last year, allowing the owl to escape the place where he had been an exhibit for 13 years and live in the wild.“

The vandal who damaged Flaco’s exhibit jeopardised the safety of the bird and is ultimately responsible for his death,” the zoo’s statement said.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/24/flaco-new-york-citys-beloved-owl-dies-after-striking-building

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