Minnesota Zoo's owl dies after escape earlier this month

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Oct. 14—The Minnesota Zoo's Eurasion eagle owl, Gladys, has died after escaping the Apple Valley zoo complex during a training exercise a few weeks ago.

Gladys was found injured Thursday morning on the side of the road and taken back to the zoo by a concerned citizen, according to a post on the Zoo's social media. She died by the time the veterinary team was able to reach her.

The veterinary team is working to determine what caused Gladys' death, said Zach Nugent, Zoo spokesman.

Following the 5-year-old owl's disappearance earlier this month, the neighboring Apple Valley community was on high alert as search efforts ensued.

Gladys was the Zoo's only Eurasion eagle owl and took part in the bird show where she was an ambassador animal.

"This is a difficult day for our team. Whenever an animal dies, we feel the impact of that loss as a Zoo community," said the post.

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