Flyaway owl found, hungry but safe

(Information in the following story is from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials at a Tacoma zoo say a trained Eurasian eagle owl that got spooked and flew off into a nearby park has been spotted and captured.

The News Tribune reports that a Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium spokeswoman says Forrest the owl is hungry but safe after his capture Friday afternoon in Point Defiance Park. The owl is trained to fly during performances of the zoo’s outdoor theater. Staffers were rehearsing a new show when Forrest flew off Wednesday afternoon. They think he was startled by changes made to the stage. He’s trained to fly during performances and then return.

Spokeswoman Kris Sherman says searchers concentrated on an area of the park where hooting had been heard Thursday.

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