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New York, goodbye to Flaco: the owl who escaped from the Central Park Zoo died against the glass window of a skyscraper

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New York, goodbye to Flaco: the owl who escaped from the Central Park Zoo died against the glass window of a skyscraper

Skinny he didn’t have a long life once he was released. The majestic eagle owl, which escaped from the Central Park Zoo, died last night after hitting a building on the Upper West Side of New York. La Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, reported in a note that the gigantic animal, with a wingspan of almost two meters, he was found on the ground by rescuers after hitting a skyscraper. Flaco, which he would have accomplished 14 years in March, he “escaped” on February 2, 2023 when an unknown vandal opened a hole in the mesh of the aviary where the owl had lived almost all of his life.

Since then, the saga of the Eurasian owl and how it escaped capture by zookeepers had captivated countless New Yorkers who, armed with binoculars and cameras pointed at the sky, attempted to spot it. The bird of prey that he favored as a non-habitual residence i eaves of houses and water tanks, had initially aroused concern among those who thought that it would not survive on its own. Fortunately, after a couple of weeks of freedom, it was discovered that Flaco, whose name means skinny in Spanish, had begun to spitting bones and furs: a sign that he had started hunting to feed himself. The news had further raised the attention of New Yorkers towards the owl whose prey turned out to be the feared mice that have dominated the city for decades.

Specimens of the Flaco species can normally live up to 40 years in captivity, but on average only 20 when free. Having arrived in Central Park in 2010 when he was just one year old, he had never strayed far from the park, although he famously made a trip on Halloween night between the East Village, the Lower East Side and the Upper East Side. Until yesterday he had dodged the feared dangers, but he did not survive the risk of impact with the windows: according to estimates by the National Audubon Society every year in New York over 230 thousand birds they end up the same.

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