July 08, 2013
On the morning of July 3, one of the male eagles on exhibit at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo escaped. Zoo officials and staff are actively searching for the bird, and are asking for the public's help should it be spotted in the area.
The escape occurred when the eagle was startled during routine maintenance on the exhibit. The startle caused the eagle to fly into its mesh enclosure with enough force to create a hole, through which it then escaped.
The eagle was previously injured in the wild and rescued by a wildlife rehabilitator. Because it was determined its injuries left the bird with limited flight abilities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife put the eagle on permanent loan to the Baton Rouge Zoo.
Any information concerning the eagle should be directed to 225.775.3877.
About BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation. For more information, please visit www.brzoo.org.