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Flaco The Owl Obituary

Flaco The Owl Obituary

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Obituary for Flaco, the Distinguished Eurasian Eagle-Owl of New York City

New York City bids a heartrending farewell to Flaco! The renowned Eurasian eagle-owl, who captured the hearts of many during his unexpected sojourn in the city’s beloved Central Park. Tragically, Flaco’s life came to an end following a collision with a building on West 89th Street, as confirmed by the Wildlife Conservation Society on Friday.

For eight remarkable years, Flaco graced the Central Park Zoo with his majestic presence, becoming one of the most admired attractions. With a striking wingspan that could reach up to six feet, Flaco stood as a splendid example of the largest owl species, whose natural habitat stretches across various regions of Europe and Russia.

Flaco The Owl Obituary

Flaco’s life took a dramatic turn in February 2023 when an act of vandalism led to his escape from the zoo. The incident not only propelled him to fame but also exposed him to the perils of an urban wilderness. The Wildlife Conservation Society expressed its deep sorrow and highlighted the repercussions of such a thoughtless act, stating the perpetrator’s actions ultimately led to Flaco’s demise.

A fervent investigation by the NYPD into the vandalism continues, with hopes of bringing the responsible party to justice.

During his time in Central Park, Flaco became a social media phenomenon and a symbol of nature’s unexpected beauty within the urban landscape. Celebrated by New Yorkers, earning admiration from Mayor Eric Adams and enjoying an affectionate following on an (unofficial) Twitter account dedicated to his adventures.

While Flaco’s time in the wild curtailed the longevity typically enjoyed by his species in captivity, his spirit and the joy he brought to the residents and visitors of New York City will endure.

A public memorial to honor Flaco’s memory became announced. Where the community can pay homage to the owl that soared into the lore of the city as “one of New York’s Flyest.”

Flaco was 14 years old. His legacy enshrined in the annals of New York City’s rich tapestry of stories, serving as a poignant reminder of the delicate interplay between urban life and wildlife.

Flaco The Owl Obituary

New York City Mourns Death