Macaw killed by tiger at Lincoln Children's Zoo

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A macaw at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo was killed on Tuesday afternoon after it was attacked by a tiger when it landed in its habitat.

A macaw at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo was killed on Tuesday afternoon after it was attacked by a tiger when it landed in its habitat. (Photos: Sean Urbanek)

According to a statement by Ryan Gross, Director of Creative Strategy for the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, during a live rehearsal of a flighted bird presentation, the macaw flew into the tiger habitat and was engaged by one of the tigers.

The bird was injured, the statement said, and the zookeepers quickly secured the tigers inside to allow the veterinary team to treat the macaw.

The bird died at the onsite clinic, the statement read.

“The safety of our guest, staff and animals is the highest priority. During the incident at no point were any of our guests or staff in danger. We are currently evaluating the situation with our animal team about our future flighted bird presentation,” the statement said.