Bald Eagle escapes Baton Rouge Zoo

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One of the male Bald Eagles on exhibit at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo escaped Wednesday morning.

Zoo officials and staff are actively searching for the bird and are asking for the public's help in finding it.

Officials said the eagle was startled during routine maintenance on the exhibit and flew into its mesh enclosure with enough force to create a hole. It then escaped through that hole.

The eagle was previously injured in the wild and rescued by a wildlife rehabilitator.

The US Fish and Wildlife put the Bald Eagle on permanent loan to the Baton Rouge Zoo because the injuries left it with limited flight abilities.

Any information concerning the eagle should be directed to 225-775-3877.

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