What killed Flaco the owl? New York zoologists testing for toxins, disease as contributing factor

Flaco, New York City's star owl, died after a traumatic impact, zoologists verified a day after allegedly flying into a building, with additional tests expected to verify whether the Eurasian eagle-owl was unwell.

What happened in Flaco's final hours is on the minds of his supporters all throughout the city

who cheered him on as he defied the odds by fending for himself despite living in captivity. 

Police are still looking for whoever let him out of his enclosure at the Central Park Zoo a year ago.

The necropsy revealed that Flaco was in good physical health, having caught prey despite having no hunting experience since joining the zoo as a fledgling 13 years ago.

 According to the necropsy report issued on Saturday, the owl weighed 1.89 kilos (4.1 pounds), about 2% less than when he was last measured at the zoo.

The main impact appears to have been on the body, with significant hemorrhage under the sternum and in the back of the body cavity around the liver, according to the study

The Central Park Zoo placed the blame completely on the person who cut up Flaco's enclosure. However, they are looking into illness as a possible factor and expect to offer an update in around two weeks.

This will include microscopic analysis of tissue samples, toxicology tests to assess potential exposure to rodenticides or other chemicals, and testing for infectious diseases like West Nile Virus and Avian Influenza, according to the zoo's statement.

Over the weekend, eulogies from his admirers flooded in. There was also conjecture regarding which of the several urban hazards to wildlife may have contributed to his demise.

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