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Oh baby! Stork flies the coop at San Diego Zoo

Posted: June 19, 2013 5:27 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2013 5:27 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The public is being asked to keep eyes to the skies for an exotic stork that flew the coop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

UT San Diego says ( the bird caught a sudden wind gust and flew away while working with handlers Monday afternoon.

Park officials and birding groups have had no luck finding the painted stork, so now they are asking for help from city residents.

The newspaper says the one-year-old female was in training for the park's Frequent Flyers bird show. It was practicing with handlers when it flew high and got caught in a thermal current, which pulled it out of the park grounds. The bird's wings were not clipped.

The painted stork stands about three feet tall and has white feathers and a yellow beak.


Information from: U-T San Diego,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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