Palm Beach County Zoo's roseate spoonbill Teaspoon still missing

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A bird has been missing from the Palm Beach Zoo for more than a week.

A roseate spoonbill named "Teaspoon" was part of the Zoo's interactive bird show called "Wings Over water." On Friday, July 26th, 2013, Teaspoon flew away from the Zoo during a training session.  Later that evening, she was seen flying back over the Zoo, but she has not been seen since.  Trainers believe she may have had the inclination to fly away due to the time of year.  The bird may have been in breeding mode.

In the week since her disappearance, the Zoo has received hundreds of calls from the public as people have spotted spoonbills. If you see a spoonbill with the trademark bill shaped like a spoon, you can tell if it is Teaspoon based on some special traits.  Look for a small, silver metal anklet around her left leg.  She is a medium-sized bird with pink feathers and a white underbelly, similar in color to a flamingo. 

"She's a typical bird," explained Jan Steele, General Curator for the Zoo, in a release. "We do positive reinforcement training, so we wouldn't discipline her for doing what's natural. She merely wanted to explore, and flew off during a free-flight training session."

If you think you spot Teaspoon, call the Zoo immediately at 561-533-0887, extension 210.

For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org .

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