Bird escapes from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo employees say this cattle egret flew out of its exhibit around 6 p.m. Tuesday. / Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo employees say this cattle egret flew out of its exhibit around 6 p.m. Tuesday. / Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A cattle egret that escaped from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Tuesday evening is back in its enclosure.

The bird flew out of its exhibit around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Zoo employees said high winds contributed to the bird’s escape.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort ground staff spotted the egret Thursday morning, and promptly called the zoo. Zoo staff arrived at the golf course around 9 a.m. with the bird’s favorite treats, crickets. They also brought some of the bird’s friends, who were kept safely in a crate.

Staff spent a couple of hours keeping an eye on the bird until he came down to the ground. Once he saw his friends, the staff, and the crickets, it was easy to bring him back home, according to staff.

When he got back to the zoo, veterinarians examined him and gave him a clean bill of health. He is now resting with his friends in their indoor enclosure.

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