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Another Bronx Zoo escapee is recaptured

From Rachel Garrett, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A peahen escaped from the Bronx Zoo earlier this week
  • It was returned to captivity, but not before a Twitter page emerged
  • The bird is the zoo's second escapee in less than two months
  • A once-escaped Egyptian cobra became a media darling

New York (CNN) -- While an Egyptian cobra-turned-celebrity is safely back in its pen and no longer in the headlines, another Bronx Zoo inmate is now getting all the attention.

A peahen -- the female counterpart to a peacock -- that flew the coop earlier this week was safely returned to captivity Wednesday, but not before a flock of online fans could revel in a Twitter page that was created for the zoo's second escapee in less than two months.

The bird was discovered in a garage by a Bronx resident who notified authorities, officials said.

"We thank our Bronx neighbors and the New York Police Department for helping us retrieve our peahen this morning," said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.

The bird's anonymous @BronxZoosPeahen Twitter feed seem to pale in comparison to its cobra counterpart, which amassed nearly 200,000 fans by the time of its capture.

Still, the page -- which profiles itself as "a peahen plotting my next jailbreak" -- offered readers a similar shtick in the peahen's voice.

"A giggling little terror of a child in a Yankees hat just tried to pet me. DO. NOT. TOUCH. THE FEATHERS," said one post.

Another post read, "The streets of New York are a GOLD MINE. Why do people throw this stuff away? Cashews! Pretzels! Pizza crusts! Ooh, a little bag of sugar!"

Breheny said veterinarians examined the bird and determined that she was in good condition.

"We are confident that after this peahen's recent adventure, she won't want to wander from her home at the zoo," he added.

He said that despite the escape, the Bronx Zoo will continue allowing its peahens and peacocks to roam freely inside the facility.

The feathered fugitive is the zoo's latest escapee to draw in a fascinated public, but the situation also has raised questions about the facility's temporary loss of two residents.

Still, the peahen doesn't appear popular as "Mia," the name the zoo's escaped cobra took on after a vote that drew more than 34,000 suggestions.

The name is a play on the days when the snake was "missing in action."

 
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