A Eurasian eagle owl named Gladys died from accidents sustained in an unknown accident, the Minnesota Zoo mentioned Thursday. Gladys, who had escaped from the zoo earlier this month, was reportedly discovered on a roadside by a involved citizen and delivered to the zoo. “Our veterinary crew responded instantly however, sadly, Gladys had already died,” the zoo mentioned in a statement posted to Twitter.
“We’d wish to thank the neighborhood for the great outpouring of assist and data they offered to aide within the seek for Gladys,” the assertion learn. “The Animal Care crew hand-raised her from a chick, and labored together with her each day. It is a troublesome day for our crew.”
Gladys, 5 years outdated, was one of many Minnesota Zoo’s animal ambassadors, utilized by the zoo to show the general public about her species. Comfortably one of many largest owl species on the planet, Eurasian eagle owls stay throughout northern Europe and Asia. They’ve vivid orange eyes and 6.5-foot wingspans. (For reference, the wingspans of the most important Canada geese are about a foot shorter than these of those owls.) One zoo employee described Gladys as “the most important owl you’ve ever seen.”
Gladys escaped the Minnesota Zoo in early October throughout a routine coaching session that allowed the owl to stretch her wings; as a substitute of returning to her handler, Gladys stayed up within the bushes for a number of days. Zoo officers overpassed her late final week and requested residents in the area people of Apple Valley to maintain their eyes peeled for the hen, noting that she didn’t pose a menace to people. Since then, quite a few sightings of Gladys had been reported, with Twin Cities residents sharing audio clips of hooting on their dwelling safety units in addition to photographs of birds resembling the enormous owl on social media. One particular person shared a photo on Fb of an owl that zoo officers mentioned shared “a lot of Gladys’ traits.” Within the picture, the owl is seen clutching what seems to be a lifeless cat.
Although Gladys apparently posed no menace to folks, maybe we posed a menace to her. The zoo didn’t state what induced Gladys’ accidents. All we all know is that, by the point she was discovered by the roadside, it was too late.
Fly off to that closing freedom, Gladys. You really had been an envoy on your species.