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Owl Missing From Point Defiance Zoo Found Safe

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Stock photo; owl pictured is not Forrest
Stock photo; owl pictured is not Forrest

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials at a Tacoma, Wash., 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.

Winds gusted as high as 70 mph in the park Thursday night, knocking down large trees.

EARLIER FROM THE AP:

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is asking for calls from anyone who sees Forrest, who is believed to be in Point Defiance Park.

Members of the zoo's Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater staff 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.

Forrest is about 2 feet tall, with a 5-foot wingspan. Besides looking like an owl, he's wearing red "jesses," which look like red cords dangling from his legs, and telemetry, which looks like a black wire dangling from a leg.

Staff biologist Sara Mattison says he's comfortable around people and may even "hoot" if he sees someone.

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