MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Zoo is asking residents of the Southern Metro to keep an eye on a Eurasian eagle owl that flew away from the zoo earlier this month.
In a post on social media, Apple Valley Zoos said the owl, named Gladys, flew off a tree during a routine training and exercise session.
Gladys does not pose a threat to the public, says the zoo, which says she is probably within a 485-hectare forest area around the zoo.
While zoo officials say they are working with local wildlife officials to find Gladys, they are also asking the public for help. They asked neighbors to take pictures of Gladys if they saw her and called the local police department.
On Facebook, several commentators posted pictures of owls that could be Gladys, where one of them showed a bird of prey with a rabbit in its claws.
In another post on social media, the zoo said the images help in the search, especially since Gladys shares similarities with some of the 12 owl species native to Minnesota.