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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Lost: LR Zoo barn owl

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2006 at 10:57 AM

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The Little Rock Zoo is on the lookout for its barn owl, which flew away Saturday. News release on the jump.

The owl is 10 years old. Named Barnabus.









The Little Rock Zoo is asking community residents, especially around War Memorial Park, to keep their eyes peeled for a barn owl that escaped from the Zoo Saturday afternoon. 

Barnabus, a ten year-old barn owl, untied the knot to his tether and flew away around 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  Zoo volunteers and staff were able to track the bird through the Zoo for a short period of time but then lost sight of him.  Staff and volunteers searched the Zoo and surrounding community areas until midnight Saturday night but saw no sign of the owl.  Since Saturday, Zoo officials have continued searching for the bird but have found no sign of him yet.  

The Zoo urges anyone who has seen the owl to call the Zoo at 501-666-2406 and leave your full name, a number where you can be reached, the time of the sighting, and the exact location of the sighting.   

Barnabus was found in the wild with a head injury when he was a chick and was cared for by a bird of prey rehabilitator and then donated to the Zoo after it was determined the owl could not be released. 

Zoo staff say there is still a chance Barnabus will reappear in the next few days when he gets hungry.  Other zoos and institutions holding birds of prey have seen escaped birds return to their exhibit areas in search of food.  A fresh helping of food has been left outside for Barnabus in a location familiar to him and a falconer's trap will also be placed inside the Zoo to try and catch Barnabus should he return for a snack.  The trap is harmless and will not cause injury to the bird.   

Barnabus is a member of the Zoo's education outreach program and is not a regularly displayed animal.  The Little Rock Zoo holds a special license from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to hold birds of prey.  It is illegal in the U.S. for individuals or institutions to maintain birds of prey if they do not have a special license. 

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