NICK EICHER, HOST: Two weeks ago, a Eurasian eagle owl by the name of Flaco escaped from the Central Park Zoo after vandals damaged his enclosure.
Zoologists attempted to recapture the bird, but couldn’t. And so now the zoo is content to let Flaco remain free in Central Park for the time being.
However, there is now another problem: wanna-be birdwatchers. New Yorkers are hooting and hissing to try to get his attention. The constant irritation can be bad for his health.
Ornithologist Neil Hermes.
HERMES: We really do want to learn more about them and enjoy seeing them. It is important that we are attentive to the needs of the birds, not just attend to our needs and what we're hoping to get out of our experience with them.
Of course, owls are nocturnal, so when New Yorkers are hassling him for a photo, he’s just tying to get some shut-eye. Who knows? Flaco may get his fill of the city that never sleeps and voluntarily go back to the Zoo.
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