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Missing cockatoo ‘Matilda’ returned home safe

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 09:31:47-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Tracy Aviary is thankful after its beloved red-tailed black cockatoo, “Matilda,” was returned home safely Friday afternoon.

Matilda disappeared Thursday after she was chased away by a wild bald eagle, a Facebook post from the aviary said.

“Our Bird Show staff spent the day looking for her without success. We are tremendously concerned for her safety and well-being, and are now asking our community to help us find her,” the post said.

Matilda has a 20″ long body (about the size of a crow), a hooked beak (appears rounded when viewed from far away), orange-red and black under-tail feathers, broad wings in flight with a tail that spreads wide, and head feathers that she can raise into a crest.

Anyone who spots Matilda is urged to call Tracy Aviary at 801-596-8500 or Matilda’s keeper at 585-278-6171 as soon as possible.