Friday, 24 August 2012

Bright red bird escapes from Edinburgh Zoo


A rare bird has escaped from Edinburgh Zoo and is on the loose in the city after a squirrel chewed a hole at the top of its cage.
Keepers noticed the scarlet ibis was missing and it was later spotted three miles away in Dundas Street, close to the city centre.
The bird is believed to have escaped through a hole in netting which covers its enclosure.
It is in danger of being attacked by predators because of its bright colour.
Dundas Street
The zoo and animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA are tracking the ibis and say they were close to catching it several times.
Darren McGarry, head of animals at Edinburgh Zoo, said: "Our bird team noticed one of our scarlet ibis was missing from the enclosure this morning and a search of Edinburgh Zoo showed the bird had seemed to have left the site.

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