Kodiak the ocean eagle has been on the free in Pittsburgh for almost a full week, as employees from the Nationwide Aviary wrestle to seize the wayward fowl. The zoo instructed Gizmodo that Kody, as he’s nicknamed, was almost caught this morning and seems to be in good well being.
It have to be a really anxious time on the Nationwide Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The power is dwelling to greater than 500 birds spanning some 150 species. Along with caring for these many birds, the employees is now having to seek for Kodiak, a Steller’s sea eagle that escaped from his enclosure this previous Saturday, September 25.
Officers with the aviary are asking the general public to report sightings however not method or try to seize the fowl. Steller’s sea eagles, native to coastal northeastern Asia, feed totally on fish and sea birds. (Kody is deemed not a menace to pets nor individuals.) Kody has been within the care of the aviary for the previous 15 years, and the employees is keen to get him again.
The aviary has acquired tons of of calls over the previous week, and its employees is simply responding to essentially the most promising leads, as Molly Toth, communications and content material specialist on the Nationwide Aviary, defined in an e-mail. Individuals who spot the fowl are requested to name the aviary at 412-323-7235.
“We proceed to obtain suggestions, and have had a number of confirmed sightings,” Toth mentioned. “We imagine Kody is spending time between North Park and Riverview Park and areas close to Pittsburgh’s Northside.”
Beginning final Saturday, the aviary “launched a coordinated effort to discover a technique to convey Kody dwelling,” Toth mentioned. “Animal care employees, volunteers, and even administrative employees have been working in groups to seek for Kody and reply to sightings reported by the neighborhood.” Different employees members are staying behind to deal with different birds and animals on the aviary, whereas additionally mapping sightings, getting ready snack luggage for the restoration groups, answering calls about sightings, and reaching out to the neighborhood for additional assist, mentioned Toth.
Steller’s sea eagles are among the many largest raptor species on Earth, that includes a 6-foot-wide wingspan. Nothing like this has ever occurred earlier than on the Nationwide Aviary, so I requested Toth how the large fowl may be apprehended.
“There are a lot of methods our employees might use to convey Kody dwelling safely,” she replied. “Our employees have animal conduct experience and a deep information of Kody as a person and perception into his conduct. The methods they use will probably be context-dependent, and should embrace meals as rewards in addition to skilled falconry tools corresponding to tender netting.”
Encouragingly, or possibly frustratingly, the workforce got here very near capturing Kodiak earlier Friday—or not shut in any respect, relying in your perspective.
Because of a sighting of Kody within the North Park space, the workforce was in a position to pinpoint the fowl’s location, they usually noticed him “roosting on the highest level of one of many tallest bushes,” in accordance with an emailed assertion. The workforce, together with the aviary’s govt director, arrange camp and monitored the eagle all through the evening. The workforce confirmed that Kody continues to be in “glorious well being and physique situation,” defined Toth. The workforce set out some meals in hopes that Kodiak would fly towards them, however “sadly earlier this morning Kody didn’t come down, and was final sighted flying in the direction of North Park,” in accordance with the assertion.
Oof. This might take some time.
Catching Kody will doubtless require a fortunate set of circumstances or his personal resolution to return to his handlers. Or, he might proceed to elude seize. Both manner, we’ll maintain our eye on this ongoing story.