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Oklahoma News

March 27, 2012

Hawk that escaped Ark. zoo found 275 miles away

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tucson the hawk had quite the big adventure.

The Harris hawk flew away from his home at the Little Rock Zoo on Feb. 21 after a loud noise startled him. His keepers were hopeful Tucson would get hungry and return home — especially because he was trained to associate a gloved arm with food.

Five weeks later, he was spotted in Tulsa, Okla. — 275 miles from home. Oklahoma Falconers' Association president Ryan VanZant says Tucson immediately jumped on his gloved arm when he saw him. The bird was wearing an anklet with an identification number.

He was brought back to the Little Rock Zoo after a member of the Arkansas Hawking Association read a website posting about VanZant's discovery.

The zoo says Tucson appears to be in good health.

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