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Friday, March 2, 2012

Wanted alive: Endangered ibis escapes from Tokyo zoo

A female northern bald ibis has fled Tokyo's Tama Zoo and remains on the loose, the zoo's operator revealed on March 1.

The zoo in the capital's Hino district was alerted to the escape when it received a call from a nearby university saying that a rare bird had been spotted in front of the school's entrance.

When zoo officials counted their birds, they discovered that one of their 26 northern bald ibises -- a critically endangered species -- was missing from its cage.

The runaway ibis, according to zoo officials, is 40 to 50 centimeters tall with a black body and red beak and legs. It has blue identification rings on both of its legs.

Zoo staff believe the mesh on the upper part of the cage may have been loosened by accumulated snow, opening the escape route. Read More