Stockholm's Skansen Zoo is clearly not a maximum-security institution: Weeks after a giant cobra escaped its cage and eluded capture for two weeks until it decided to head home, two Great Grey Owls slipped through a hole in their enclosure.
The two owls, a father and son named Percy and Barr, left after a heavy snowfall collapsed the netting on the enclosure Monday night. Percy showed up again on his own Wednesday night, and was enticed back in by a keeper using a familiar signal. Barr is still 'on the wing.'
The Great Grey is the largest of owl species, and is native to northern Scandinavia, so the weather is likely no issue. They are solitary, so might have left in different direction they escaped. They feed mainly on small mammals and can go days without eating. A zoo official reassured visitors that “They are absolutely not dangerous unless you are a small rodent.”
Photo: A Great Grey spotted in 2021 in a park in Malmo