Image above: Jester the caracara falcon spotted in Streatham Common
A falcon which escaped from London Zoo in March has been spotted around south west London.
The bird of prey escaped the zoo during a training session on 15 March and has since been spotted in South Ealing, Richmond and Putney.
Staff from London Zoo continue to try to lure Jester home with her favourite foods, keeping track of her mostly thanks to sightings by the public.
Jester is a crested caracara, a falcon species native to the Southern US and Central America, and has a wingspan of four feet. Generally, the species eats small birds and insects, but is also likely to scavenge for food waste in an urban setting.
The crested caracara does not pose any risk to public health, although some small pet owners have expressed concern despite assurances from zookeepers.
Image above: Jester spotted in one of London’s green spaces
Zoo “not concerned’ about Jester’s welfare
London Zoo issued a statement explaining:
“We are not concerned about Jester’s welfare, as caracaras are well equipped for surviving in an urban environment.
“Caracaras are small birds of prey and pose no danger to people or dogs – rather like a crow or magpie, they are primarily scavengers, eating carrion, insects and grubs or food in bins. We are not concerned about Jester’s welfare, as caracaras are well equipped for surviving in an urban environment.
“The team will continue to encourage Jester into her travel crate so they can bring her back home, where her brother, Joker is waiting for her – alongside a celebratory homecoming meal of her favourite quail and crickets.”
The zoo have asked members of the public to refrain from feeding Jester if they see her, so that zookeepers can ensure she maintains a nutritious diet.
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