Hawk that escaped from zoo found safe

Tex the Hawk
Tex the Hawk

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A hawk that escaped from the Cincinnati Zoo last week has been found.

"Tex," a nine-year-old Harris Hawk, was found safely Tuesday morning on Lafayette Avenue in Clifton. He has returned to the Zoo's Wings of the World Bird Show.

Tex flew off during the August 9 show and Cincinnati Zoo bird trainers have been working diligently to find him since.  Hundreds of phone calls flooded the Zoo's hotline since the Zoo reported the bird flying the coop last week.

Early this morning, Tuesday, August 17, an area resident called the Zoo's hotline and identified the bird, perched in a tree, on her road. The Zoo's head bird trainer, Gary Denzler, walked up and down the street with a whistle in his mouth and Tex's favorite snack (mice) in one hand for about five minutes. Once Tex spotted the food, he flew down from a tree and landed on Denzler's arm.

"We are just happy to have him home," said Denzler. "We are so grateful to the people that called in and reached out to help us during our search. We could not have brought Tex home without the community involvement. Thank you."

Tex will take a break from the Wings of Wonder Bird Show for the remainder of the summer and the Zoo expects to work with him and re-introduce him again next year when shows start up in May 2011.

Tex was the second hawk that flew away from the zoo this summer. A Harris hawk named Tucson went missing in June and was also returned safely.

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