A roseate spoonbill who flew away from the Palm Beach Zoo more than a week ago is still missing. Teaspoon, who was part of the Zoo’s interactive bird show “Wings Over Water,” went missing on Friday, July 26th. She was sighted flying over the Zoo that evening, but has not been seen since.
“She’s a typical bird,” explained Jan Steele, General Curator for the Zoo. “We do positive reinforcement training, so we wouldn’t discipline her for doing what’s natural. She merely wanted to explore, and flew off during a free-flight training session.”
The Zoo received hundreds of phone calls for spoonbill sightings, so Steele is reminding the public that Teaspoon will have a small, silver, metal anklet around her left leg. She is a medium-sized bird with pink feathers and a white underbelly, similar to a flamingo, but with a bill shaped like a spoon. Without the identifying band on the leg, a spoonbill sighting is likely to be of a wild spoonbill.