Flaco the Owl ate rat poison and feral pigeons, contributing to his death: Central Park Zoo

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Monday, March 25, 2024
Flaco the Owl was exposed to rat poison prior to death
New details reveal Flaco the Owl ate feral pigeons and was exposed to rat poison.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The Central Park Zoo has revealed new information about Flaco the Owl's cause of death.

The zoo says postmortem testing found Flaco was infected with a virus due to eating feral pigeons which had become part of his diet.

It also found he was exposed to four different kinds of rat poison.

Flaco died last month after he either fell or crashed into a building.

Experts say Flaco's underlying conditions may have caused him to crash, and would have ultimately caused his death had he not crashed.

The Eurasian eagle owl rose to fame after he escaped from the Central Park Zoo in February of last year after vandals damaged his enclosure.


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