Flyaway Point Defiance Zoo owl found hungry but safe

TACOMA — 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 Friday afternoon capture 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.

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