Exotic bird escapes Idaho zoo, Zebra gets the blame

Exotic bird escapes Idaho zoo, Zebra gets the blame

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Exotic bird escapes Idaho zoo, Zebra gets the blame

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 20 at 1:29 PM

IDAHO FALLS -- Vanessa Winger was showing her 2-year-old grandson pictures of ducks on the Internet when a bird of a different feather caught the boy's eye: A 3-foot tall, black-and-red African ground hornbill had just landed in Winger's front yard.

The exotic bird escaped from the Tautphaus Park Zoo Wednesday morning, aided by a zebra who chewed a hole through the hornbill's zoo enclosure. Zoo superintendent Beth Rich told the Post Register the bird flew around Idaho Falls until it was sedated and caught a few hours later by animal control officers.

Rich says hornbills don't normally take to the skies, and even though the birds eat meat, they're relatively docile.

Winger says the encounter is something she and Benjamin will never forget.

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