Kodiak the ocean eagle has been on the unfastened in Pittsburgh for almost a full week, as workers from the Nationwide Aviary battle to seize the wayward chicken. The zoo advised 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 worrying time on the Nationwide Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The ability is dwelling to greater than 500 birds spanning some 150 species. Along with caring for these many birds, the workers 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 chicken. 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 folks.) Kody has been within the care of the aviary for the previous 15 years, and the workers is raring to get him again.
The aviary has obtained a whole lot of calls over the previous week, and its workers is barely 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 chicken are requested to name the aviary at 412-323-7235.
“We proceed to obtain ideas, 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 option to carry Kody dwelling,” Toth mentioned. “Animal care workers, volunteers, and even administrative workers have been working in groups to seek for Kody and reply to sightings reported by the neighborhood.” Different workers members are staying behind to care for different birds and animals on the aviary, whereas additionally mapping sightings, making 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 chicken is perhaps apprehended.
“There are a lot of strategies our workers could use to carry Kody dwelling safely,” she replied. “Our workers have animal conduct experience and a deep data of Kody as a person and perception into his conduct. The strategies they use might be context-dependent, and will embrace meals as rewards in addition to skilled falconry tools similar to delicate 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 capable of pinpoint the chicken’s location, and so they noticed him “roosting on the highest level of one of many tallest timber,” in response to an emailed assertion. The workforce, together with the aviary’s government director, arrange camp and monitored the eagle all through the evening. The workforce confirmed that Kody remains to be in “wonderful 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 response to the assertion.
Oof. This might take some time.
Catching Kody will possible require a fortunate set of circumstances or his personal determination to return to his handlers. Or, he could proceed to elude seize. Both approach, we’ll preserve our eye on this ongoing story.