A giant owl named Gladys escaped from the Minnesota Zoo earlier this month and zoo officials need help finding her.
Gladys is 5 years old Eurasian agal owl (Bubu Bubu), A predatory species that can grow up to 2.5 feet tall and weigh up to 10 pounds. Owl wings can be up to 5.5 feet wide and look like untrained eyes with large horned owls like shining orange eyes. They are one of the largest owl species in the world.
Gladys decided to leave the zoo in early October. During run-of-the-mill training and exercise sessions, he simply chose To stay in the tree. After roaming the area for several days, he disappeared.
“Working in shifts, zoo staff maintain Gladys ‘vision of various trees around campus, using Gladys’ food and enrichment items to try to encourage her return,” Minnesota Zoo spokeswoman Zach Nugent said in an email to Gizmodo. “Staff lost a series of sightings late last weekend.”
Now, zoo officials think the owl could be somewhere else in the 485-acre zoo or perhaps a large Apple Valley area south of Minneapolis. A Twitter post Yesterday, zoo officials reminded the public that gladiators are not a threat to humans. According to The Peregrine Fund, Owls are known to eat small rats, other birds, amphibians, fish, and even insects.
If you look at Gladys, how do you know her? KARE 11: “He’ll be standing outside. If you look at him, he’s going to be the biggest owl you’ve ever seen.”
A Minnesota Zoo Facebook post Requests for information about lost owls have received plenty of answers, with local residents reporting eyewitnesses, ring video footage containing owl calls and other information.
One person Shared a photo October is an owl that sits on a roof and looks like a gladiator, a white-bellied mammal. Some commentators said it looked like a cat; The zoo responded that the animal was probably a rabbit and a search team would investigate the area. (Whether you agree with the zoo’s identification probably comes down to whether you see a grayish-gray tail or an inverted shingle between white legs.)
Gladys’s recent escape comes on the heels of Escape And next Capture The stellar sea agal kept at a zoo in Kodiak, Pittsburgh. Perhaps there is something in the air that is tempting these birds of prey to seek freedom. If you live near the Minnesota Zoo and think you can see Gladys, you can call the zoo at 952-431-9200 or contact them via social media.
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