Tyto the owl flew away from the Fort Worth Zoo

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Missing: 3-year-old white barn owl.

Her name is Tyto, she’s about a foot tall and likes to chat.

Sunday afternoon, a gust of wind caught Tyto during a show at the outdoor learning theater at the Fort Worth Zoo. The wind carried her above a canopy over the stage, and she flew away.

Since then, she has been sighted inside the zoo a few times, Alexis Wilson, a zoo spokeswoman, said Monday. Zoo keepers think Tyto is either still inside the zoo or has made her way to a nearby neighborhood, Wilson said.

“Our staff is very confident that she is in the immediate area. She has been a part of our education program for more than three years, and she’s flown out of the stage area before and has never gone far,” Wilson said.

Tyto has a wingspan of about 3 feet. She is wearing thin leather leg straps called jesses, but they won’t impede her ability to fly, Wilson said.

Tyto often screeches and vocalizes at zoo keepers. And other birds, such as jays and crows, make noise when an unfamiliar bird is nearby, so zoo keepers are listening for bird outbursts, Wilson said.

“We’d obviously like to put eyes on her, but are also listening for her call and for sounds that other animals might make when there are animals encroaching on their territory,” Wilson said. “We are looking and we’re listening.”

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326 Twitter: @jessamybrown

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