Vulture escapes from Jacksonville Zoo

Published On: Nov 04 2011 06:01:35 PM EDT
Updated On: Nov 04 2011 06:14:22 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens needs the public's help after one of its vultures escaped.

Zoo officials said Hodari, a male white-backed African vulture, flew out of its habitat Thursday morning when a restrictive band broke off one of its wings.

Employees tracked Hodari to a tree but were unable to catch him. Hodari was last seen flying north away from North Jacksonville Baptist Church.

Anyone who spots Hodari is asked to email darnellg@jacksonvillezoo.org.

The zoo said while the bird is not aggressive and does not pose a threat to people or other animals, it should not be approached.

Hodari came to the Jacksonville Zoo from Pittsburgh in 2006.

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