Marabou's Dutch tour ends in capture

8th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 December 2005, AMSTERDAM – A nearly five-foot high marabou that escaped last summer from a Rotterdam zoo was finally caught yesterday after having spent the last few months on a grand tour of the Netherlands.

8 December 2005

AMSTERDAM – A nearly five-foot high marabou that escaped last summer from a Rotterdam zoo was finally caught yesterday after having spent the last few months on a grand tour of the Netherlands.

The marabou, a member of the stork family, was caught in Zevenhuizen in Noord-Groningen, having been sighted in South Holland, North Brabant and Friesland since escaping from Diergaarde Blijdorp in July.

Despite having had its wings clipped, "apparently he still had enough power left in his wings to fly,” said a spokesman for the zoo. “It really amazed us just how far he has travelled.”

The marabou eats carrion in its native Africa and survived its five months of freedom foraging in garbage heaps. In the last few weeks before being re-caught, he was thriving on the waste from a Groningen meat processing factory.

The man who eventually caught him noticed the bird hanging around the air conditioning vents of factories to keep warm. The marabou is being returned to Rotterdam today.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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