Missing owl at Point Defiance Zoo found safe

TACOMA, Wash. -- Forrest, the Eurasian eagle owl that flew away from Point Defiance Zoo earlier this week, has been found safe and sound.

Staff members from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium located the nearly nine-year-old owl near Fort Nisqually early Friday evening.

He was hungry, both otherwise healthy, they said.

Teams had searched the trails of Point Defiance Park for more than two days after Forrest flew away from the zoo during a training session in the zoo's outdoor theater Wednesday.

Staff members called Forrest by name, hooted into the trees and used whistles in hopes it would get his attention. They focused their efforts in the Fort Nisqually area Friday afternoon after hearing hoots in the vicinity Thursday.

We found him in the area of the park where we thought he would be, senior staff biologist Maureen O'Keefe said.

A zoo staff member spotted Forrest in a tree. When a zookeeper called to him and showed him his food dish, Forrest flew to her feet. She was able to pick him up and he was transported back to the zoo.

Zoo officials thanked the public for their help in locating Forrest. Many joggers and walkers in the park kept a lookout for the owl, while volunteer birders joined the search. People also phoned and emailed tips.


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