Have you seen this owl? Minnesota Zoo is looking for it after flying away from handlers

Have you seen this owl? Minnesota Zoo is looking for it after flying away from handlers
Gladys, the Minnesota Zoo’s Eurasian eagle owl, is missing after flying away during routine training. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo)

Gladys the Eurasian eagle owl has flown the coop.

The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley on Tuesday asked its neighbors to be on the lookout for the owl, which flew away during “a routine exercise and training session” earlier this month and didn’t return, according to a post on the zoo’s Facebook page.

Although Minnesota Zoo officials believe she is likely somewhere on the zoo’s 485-acre campus, they asked anyone who lives nearby to call their local police department if they spot Gladys.

Eurasian eagle owls are the largest birds in the owl family, but the zoo’s Facebook post says Gladys is not a threat to public safety. The zoo is working with local wildlife officials and agencies to search for her.

In a subsequent Facebook post, zoo officials noted that Minnesota is home to 12 species of native owls — many of which have common characteristics — and photos are helpful to weed out sightings of owls that aren’t Gladys.

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