“Eurasian Eagle-Owl Flaco Passes Away One Year After Famous Central Park Zoo Escape – ABC News”

Flaco, the beloved Eurasian eagle-owl who gained fame after escaping from the Central Park Zoo in New York City, has tragically passed away. Zoo officials announced on Friday that Flaco died after colliding with a building on the Upper West Side.

The owl’s escape occurred over a year ago when an unknown vandal cut through his steel mesh cage, releasing him into the city. The zoo has since ceased efforts to recapture Flaco, and the crime remains unsolved. The New York Police Department is still investigating the vandalism.

The Wild Bird Fund, a wildlife rehabilitation center, responded to the scene and pronounced Flaco dead shortly after the collision. His body was taken to the Bronx Zoo for a necropsy.

Flaco had thrived in the urban environment despite having lived in captivity for his entire life. He became a cherished figure in the city, often seen lounging in courtyards, perching on fire escapes, and hunting rats at night. Bird watchers tracked his movements, and his unexpected appearances at New Yorkers’ windows delighted many.

His death has prompted an outpouring of grief on social media, with dedicated observer David Barrett suggesting a temporary memorial at Flaco’s favorite oak tree in Central Park.

Flaco’s Biography:
– Arrived at Central Park Zoo as a fledgling 13 years ago
– Gained fame after escaping from the zoo on Feb. 2, 2023
– Thrived in the urban environment, becoming a beloved city character
– Known for his unexpected appearances and being tracked by bird watchers

Short History:
– Flaco’s escape was due to an act of vandalism that remains unsolved
– The zoo suspended efforts to recapture him, leaving him to live freely in the city
– His death was caused by a collision with a building

Random Section with Bullet Points:
Flaco’s Time in the Sky:
– Began on Feb. 2, 2023, when he was freed from his cage
– Spent days lounging in Manhattan’s courtyards and parks
– Spent nights hooting atop water towers and hunting rats
– Became a cherished figure among New Yorkers and bird watchers

Stefanie Dazio from the Associated Press in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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