Mourners Set Up Memorial For Beloved NYC Owl 'Flaco' in Central Park

Mourners gathered in Manhattan’s Central Park on Saturday, February 24, at a memorial for Flaco, a beloved Eurasian Eagle Owl that died after hitting a building in Manhattan the previous day.

Flaco became famous when he escaped from the Central Park Zoo in February of 2023, after his enclosure was vandalized.

Flaco spent the remainder of his life out of captivity, hanging out in Central Park and roaming around Manhattan, according to local reports.

This footage was captured by Edita Birnkrant of the animal rights organisation NYCLASS, who have called for New York City Council to pass bills to mandate bird-friendly glass on all buildings in response to Flaco’s death.

This footage shows mourners gathered at a memorial for Flaco in Central Park where poems and flowers were placed at the foot of Flaco’s “favorite tree,” where the owl was frequently seen.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that he was “saddened to hear about the passing of our neighbor Flaco, who captivated New Yorkers and reminded us of the beautiful wilderness that exists in our bustling urban landscape.”

“Although he’s gone, his spirit will fly over NYC forever,” Adams said. Credit: Edita Birnkrant/NYCLASS via Storyful

Video Transcript

[DISTANT CHATTER]

- Oh, they did a poem. Rest in peace, Flaco.

[DISTANT CHATTER]

Oh, they did a poem.

[DISTANT CHATTER]

Rest in peace, Flaco.

[DISTANT CHATTER]

Oh, they did a poem.

[DISTANT CHATTER]

Rest in peace, Flaco.