The New York Central Park Conservancy announced on Friday that a beloved resident of the park, a barred owl, had died.
They said that the owl, nicknamed Barry by New Yorkers, was “flying low” and hit a maintenance vehicle at 2:30 am:
It’s with a heavy heart we share that a barred owl. a beloved Central Park resident, passed away early this morning.
Flying low, likely in search of a meal, the barred owl made contact with a Conservancy maintenance vehicle at approximately 2:30 am. Conservancy staff immediately reported the incident and Urban Park Rangers were contacted.
The barred owl’s presence in Central Park brought so much Joy, reminding all of us that the Park is a vital greenspace for all New Yorkers, including the wildlife that call it home.
I can’t believe it!