Zoo workers flabbergasted about eagle's escape
BATON ROUGE - BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is searching for one of their own after a bald eagle escaped. The zoo is asking for help finding the bird who may not be safe out on his own.
"If it can make it on it's own, we don't know yet," said BREC Zoo Curator Sam Winslow.
The eagle escaped early Wednesday during routine maintenance on the exhibit. Zoo keepers say, the eagle was startled and flew into some mesh covering, creating a hole, allowing him to escape.
Winslow says, bald eagles in captivity are incapable of flight and was surprised to see this eagle fly away.
"This one can fly really quite well," he said.
The bald eagle was on loan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. The bird is unmarked and zoo keepers ask people to leave it alone if they spot him. Instead, call 225.775.3877.