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Bald eagle escapes from Baton Rouge zoo

3 years 5 months 1 day ago July 03, 2013 Jul 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 03 2013 July 03, 2013 2:17 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- Hours before the nation's birthday, a bald eagle escaped from the zoo.

There is a large effort to find the bird, and the zoo is asking for assistance from the public.

It managed to escape sometime Wednesday while workers were doing routine maintenance on the exhibit, startling the eagle. "The startle caused the eagle to fly into its mesh enclosure with enough force to create a hole, through which it then escaped," the zoo posted on its Facebook page.

The eagle was injured and rescued and can not fly well. The zoo says they're concerned it won't be able to survive on its own.

The bald eagle was on loan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

Anyone who sees a strange, large bird in the sky, is being asked to call 225.775.3877.
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