FOUND: Zoo looking for escaped hawk

This hawk looks similar to Tucson, who flew away from the zoo over the weekend
This hawk looks similar to Tucson, who flew away from the zoo over the weekend

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A missing hawk from the Cincinnati Zoo has been found.  A neighbor of the Zoo in the Avondale saw the hawk named "Tuscon" sitting a tree in her yard.  She then called the zoo who responded with their bird experts and captured the missing hawk.

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Cincinnati Zoo officials are looking for an escaped hawk.

The hawk, named "Tucson," was participating in Sunday afternoon's "Wings of Wonder" show when she flew to a perch, got caught up in a gust of wind, landed in a tree, then flew away.

Zoo officials searched for Tucson until about 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening. She was last seen in the Gaslight area of Clifton, about a block away from the zoo.

Gary Denzler, the head bird trainer at the zoo, says Tucson has been doing the Wings of Wonder show for 22 years, about 160 shows a summer. "I think she just got out of kilter, and being an older bird, maybe she just got confused," said Denzler.

Denzler says Tucson is tame and is not a threat to people or pets.

"I don't think she would go after a cat or a dog. They're too big for her," said Denzler.

Tucson is a Harris hawk, which is indigenous to the southwest U.S. She is dark brown, with a white strip and bright yellow legs. She also has leather bands around her legs and occasionally squawks, which would distinguish her from other hawks in the area. Denzler said she would probably be seen in a tree and she may be in the area if you hear blue jays squawking.

Denzler said she could survive on her own in the wild, and could possibly return on her own to the zoo.

"There's enough food out there now being summer that she could survive on her own for a while," said Denzler.

Zoo officials are continuing to search for her, but if you see her, call the zoo immediately at (513) 281-4700.

This isn't the first bird to escape from the Cincinnati Zoo. Denzler said an owl went missing for about 30 days before returning to the zoo, and a few falcons have flown away.

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