| July 26, 2007 - The
bird show at Knoxville Zoo needs your help. One of the newest members
of the bird show, a young barn owl, is lost. Knoxville Zoo staff would
like area residents to be on the lookout for this much loved bird.
barn owl, named Alfalfa, looks much like the photograph shown here.
He may have lightweight leather and nylon straps, called jesses,
attached to his legs. These straps are used during training sessions.
"He is a young barn owl who was in a training session for
the bird show," said Evan James, curator of the bird show.
"He flew into a tree during a routine exercise. The last time
we saw him was Tuesday, July 24 around 11:45 p.m. in the Prosser
Alfalfa was hand raised by zookeepers at Knoxville Zoo. As a result,
he is very imprinted on people. However, Knoxville Zoo cautions
residents that even tame animals can bite when threatened or scared.
It is not recommended that residents attempt to capture the bird.
"East Tennesseeans have been great supporters of the zoo and
the Bird Show and now we need their help," said James. "We
are asking people to look around and up in trees where you live
and work for Alfalfa."
If you think you may have seen Alfalfa this week, please call Knoxville
Zoo at 865-637-5331, ext. 300, 379, or 363.
Zoo is located off exit 392 from Interstate 40 and is open every
day except Christmas Day. The zoo is nationally accredited by the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the
highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation
and education. Currently, the zoo is open everyday from 9:30 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one hour before the
zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information,
call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxville-zoo.org.