- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say they doubt they’ll find a barn owl who escaped handlers during a training session over the weekend.

Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines says barn owl Soren flew from trainers Sunday and bird experts say it’s unlikely the owl will be found through a search. Zoo officials said earlier this week the owl was likely no longer wearing tracking equipment.

Bird curator James Ballance says the neighborhood near the zoo is a good habitat for barn owls which are relatively common in Georgia. Zoo officials say although Soren hasn’t hunted for food during his time at the zoo, owls are very instinctual when finding food and dodging predators.

Officials have said the owl is wary of strangers and anyone who sees him should call the zoo’s security team.

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