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Search is on for owl that escaped Fort Worth Zoo

Search is on for owl that escaped Fort Worth Zoo

Credit: WFAA

A barn owl named Tito escaped from the Fort Worth Zoo Sunday afternoon after he flew away during an educational show. Zoo employees have been searching the immediate area and a nearby neighborhood for the bird. Zoo officials have notified residents to be on the lookout.

by MARCUS MOORE / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The search for an owl is on in Fort Worth, and officials are asking residents to keep their ears open to find it.

A barn owl named Tito escaped from the Fort Worth Zoo Sunday afternoon after she flew away during an educational show. Zoo employees have been searching the immediate area and a nearby neighborhood for the bird.

Zoo officials have notified residents to be on the lookout. Spokeswoman Alexis Wilson said residents should listen up for any commotion among the other birds in their area.

"There's a couple species of birds that we're actually listening for -- crows and jays," she said. "They will mob animals that don't belong in their territories. So if you hear the crows making a lot of ruckus or you hear the jays yelling at something, it's typically they're yelling at another bird or a cat or something. So that's one of the things we've been listening for."

Tito has been with the zoo for about three years and has participated in hundreds of shows. Zoo officials believe the bird will come back, and that it's not any danger.

Barn owls are native to the area and are relatively common. Officials say Tito will have leather straps on her feet.

"She's a native owl, for one thing, so she'd be able to find food," said Kristen Garrett with the Fort Worth Zoo. "She's probably going to be hanging around looking for us, [and] what she's used to. She's used to getting fed here."

If you spot Tito, contact the Fort Worth Zoo.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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