Escaped zoo owl to be allowed to soar above New York City

NEW YORK CITY, New York: For two weeks, Flaco, a Eurasian eagle-owl that escaped from New York’s Central Park Zoo, has eluded capture and proven his ability to survive by hunting rodents in Central Park.

Therefore, Zoo officials announced that they were suspending their efforts to recapture the owl, but will closely monitor its health.

In a statement, zoo officials said, "We are going to continue monitoring Flaco and his activities and to be prepared to resume recovery efforts if he shows any sign of difficulty or distress."

Soon after his escape, there were concerns that Falco would not be able to feed himself outside captivity, but monitoring has shown that he has been hunting and eating.

Officials admitted that recovering Flaco had proven difficult, especially "since he has been very successful at hunting and consuming the abundant prey in the park," but they still continued their efforts to capture him.

Flaco escaped before 2nd February after vandals cut stainless steel meshing at his enclosure, and since escaping he has flown to the nearby shopping area of Fifth Avenue, where police officers tried and failed to catch him.

Eurasian eagle-owls are not native to North America and are mostly solitary animals that usually only interact with another owl during breeding season.