Warning to dog owners after huge bird of prey escaped from London Zoo 8 days ago
Dog walkers have been warned to stay away from areas where Jester has been spotted in west London, with sightings in Richmond Park and South Ealing, and was last spotted on Barnes Common
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Dog walkers are urged to stay away from a bird of prey that escaped from London Zoo eight days ago.
Jester, the crested caracara, has a wingspan of 4 feet but is not a danger to the public.
However, experts have urged dog owners to beware as this type of American falcon is commonly seen walking on the ground in search of food.
The bird of prey has been spotted in west London, with sightings in South Ealing and Richmond Park.
According to a dog owner, Jester was spotted on Barnes Common, over 11 miles from London Zoo.
The dog walker said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw him staring at some trees.”
It is believed that Jester escaped while flying over Regent’s Park during training last Tuesday and has not returned since flying away eight days ago.
The plan to bring Jester back to the zoo is to use a travel crate using his favorite food – quails and crickets.
Although she poses no threat to the public, zoo keepers are trying to get her back as soon as possible.
However, in the meantime, Jester is believed to be currently eating food in the urban environment, as she has been spotted in Richmond Park and South Ealing.
Although there have been sightings of Jester, zookeepers have so far been unable to coax him, but dog walkers are urged to exercise caution as the bird of prey looks for food.
Fortunately, like a crow or a magpie, birds of prey are able to forage for food and can survive on their own in an urban environment as they can eat a whole range of different foods, insects, carrion and trash. .
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But with a wingspan of 4ft, dog owners are advised to stay away from the bird, which includes keeping the dog on a leash and watching Jester as she moves through different parks and locations. in London.
While Jester has been away for eight days, the zoo is confident that she is more than capable of equipping herself with the right food to survive, the zoo commented: “Caracaras are well equipped to survive in an urban environment.
“Rather like a crow or a magpie, they are primarily scavengers, eating carrion, insects, larvae or food from garbage cans.”
Although for the zoo, this is not the first time that a bird of prey has escaped since in 1965, a male golden eagle called Goldie fled the zoo 12 days before being caught.