POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 1:05pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 6:41pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — A bald eagle with an injury that prevents it from being able to fly properly, escaped from the Baton Rouge Zoo early Wednesday morning. Officials are asking for the public’s help to locate it.
“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,” a press release noted.
The eagle was given to the Zoo after it was rescued back in January 2012. It was found with a gun shot wound to its wing in Union Parish. The bird was treated for the injury in Baton Rouge at the LSU Vet School, and it was then given to the Zoo on permanent loan.
The endangered bald eagle is protected under federal law. If you see it, please call (225) 775-3877.