Palm Beach Zoo: Teaspoon, a Roseate Spoonbill, flies the coop at the zoo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Teaspoon, a Roseate Spoonbill, has gone missing from the Palm Beach Zoo at 1301 Summit Boulevard. She flew the coop Friday afternoon and the zoo is asking the public's assistance to find her.

Teaspoon is a medium-sized bird with pink feathers and a white underbelly. Because of their bright pink coloring, these birds can be confused with a flamingo, until you look at their spoon-like bill.

She is part of the zoo's bird show "Wings Over Water," said Angela Cruz Ledford, spokeswoman for the zoo.

Teaspoon was being flown by staff members Thursday afternoon when she decided to explore the surrounding area, flying outside her normal flight zone in the theater. After sometime,Teaspoon finally landed in nearby trees, where staff members continued to watch her as she settled down to roost for the night, according to zookeepers.

She was spotted when the sun came up Friday morning and as she made several passes over the theater. However, she was unable to make the angle needed to land and after flying around, eventually landed in the backyard of a private residence near Dreher Park. For six hours staff members joined her in the yard but around 3 p.m. cats entered the yard, spooking her, she said.

"Birds commonly want to explore, but now she is in unfamiliar territory, so she needs help finding her way back," said Elizabeth Andersen, Zoological Manager for the Palm Beach Zoo. "She will be afraid of other animals, and possibly strange humans, so please do not run up to her if you see her."

Teaspoon is wearing a metal band around her left leg. Zookeepers ask anyone who sees her to please contact the zoo immediately at 561-533-0887, extension 210.

To watch Teaspoon perform and learn more about these birds, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRLY4ULCOQc

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