Indianapolis Zoo says wandering macaw is now home

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jul 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-09 09:34:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo announced Saturday that the second of two macaws that wandered away Thursday morning is now back home.

The birds, a male named Orchard and a female named Vineyard, were both found in a neighborhood near the zoo after they flew "a little further away from the Zoo than normal," the zoo said in a Facebook post Thursday.

Orchard came down from a tree and was taken back to the Zoo, but it took a little longer to bring back Vineyard.

The Zoo says Vineyard flew to a zoo team early Saturday and had some treats before getting in a carrier.

The zoo said its macaws typically free-fly through the Zoo, and often around the perimeter, several times a day. It's common for the birds to stay put in trees close to the zoo.

"We appreciate everyone’s support and concern," the zoo said.

The zoo has three different flocks of macaws totaling 61 in all, according to Judy Palermo, director of public affairs for the Indianapolis Zoo.

"Sometimes they hang out for a while outside the perimeter of the zoo on trees. We’ve never had one not end up back at the Zoo," Palermo said.