By Gus Saltonstall
Flaco, the famous Eurasian eagle-owl who escaped the Central Park Zoo earlier this year, was spotted and photographed on the Upper West Side this week.
Upper West Sider Jacqueline Emery was able to photograph Flaco on a fire escape in the low West 80s on Monday.
“It was an absolute thrill to see Flaco in my neighborhood; he looked so healthy and relaxed,” she told West Side Rag.
Emery, who also posted the photographs on X (formerly Twitter), gave a hat tip to the “kind UWS couple who invited me into their backyard so I could visit Flaco.”
“Love your Flaco compositions, and your consistent knack for capturing him looking directly into our souls is flawless,” one person said about Emery’s photo, while another commenter added that they particularly loved the urban shots of Flaco up against buildings and other city infrastructure.
Flaco’s Upper West Side spotting on Monday coincides with reports that the owl was seen and heard by multiple people in the neighborhood this past weekend, after there was worry that Flaco had permanently left the Upper West Side for the Lower East Side.
In Upper West Side fashion, though, Flaco quickly returned from his trip downtown.
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