Red-tail black cockatoo Mabo returned to Auckland Zoo following escape

Auckland Zoo is thanking the public for their help returning a bird that escaped during a training session.

Mabo the red-tail cockatoo was on his second free-flight training session outside his enclosure when he was spooked by a pack of gulls.

He took off into nearby trees and made several attempts to get down, but since he is new to flying low he wasn't able to make it.

Keepers waited until it was dark and he had fallen asleep, then returned to the trees at first light, but by then he was gone.

Mabo was spotted on the North Shore on Wednesday morning but he had disappeared by time his keepers made it there.

Later, a Birkdale resident saw him in her garden while she was outside with her 19-month-old baby. She called her mother, a vet nurse, who was able to capture him and he was returned to the zoo.

A spokesperson for the zoo told Newshub that Mabo was settling back in well after his adventure, although his feathers are still a bit ruffled.

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