— Zoo asks for community’s help to locate missing bird —

October 28, 2015, Colorado Springs, CO – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is looking for a cattle egret that flew out of its exhibit yesterday evening and hasn’t been seen since last night at 6 p.m. High winds contributed to the bird’s escape and made it difficult for the bird to fly back yesterday evening, although it appeared that it was trying to do so. The Zoo is asking for the community’s assistance in locating the white bird.

“Cattle egrets are about a foot tall and are mostly white with a little tan on their back, head and chest,” Amy Schilz, Animal Care Manager, said. “He isn’t a very strong flyer, so we suspect he is still around the Broadmoor and Zoo area. People should look in the top half of trees or near waterways. Or, if it’s raining, he’ll likely be on the ground taking shelter.”

If anyone suspects that they’ve located the Zoo’s cattle egret, please do not chase or try to capture it. Please call the Zoo at 719.633.9925 with the bird’s exact location. Once the Zoo locates and recaptures the bird, an announcement will be made on the Zoo’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cmzoo) and Twitter feed (@CheyenneMtnZoo).

Update: October 29, 2015

A day and a half after one of our Zoo’s cattle egrets flew the coop during a high wind storm, he is back at home with the rest of the Zoo’s cattle egret flock.

Our cattle egret was spotted this morning by Cheyenne Mountain Resort grounds staff who promptly called the Zoo. Our staff arrived at the golf course around 9 a.m. with his favorite bird treats, crickets, and some of his other egret friends (who were safely in a crate, of course). They spent a couple hours keeping an eye on him until he came down to the ground. Once he saw our keeper staff, his other egret friends and the crickets, it was pretty easy to secure him and bring him back home.

Upon his return, our Zoo veterinarians examined him and have given him a clean bill of health. He is currently resting with the rest of our cattle egrets in their indoor enclosure. Weather permitting, the entire flock will be back outside tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who reported sightings of our missing egret. And a very big thank you to the Cheyenne Mountain Resort for their understanding staff and guests while we took over part of their golf course and tennis courts today.

We’re all happy to have our adventurous egret back!