Cause of death revealed for Flaco the owl

Flaco, the Eurasian eagle-owl who escaped from New York City's Central Park Zoo last year and became a local celebrity, has died.

The Central Park Zoo confirmed Friday that Flaco perished after colliding with a skyscraper on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Over the weekend, pathologists performed a necropsy on Flaco and determined that he died as a result of acute trauma.

"The main impact appears to have been to the body, as there was substantial hemorrhage under the sternum and in the back of the body cavity around the liver,"

According to a statement from Central Park Zoo. "There was also a small amount of bleeding behind the left eye,

but there was no sign of head trauma." No bone fractures were discovered.

Authorities stated that Flaco's body was in good physical condition prior to his death.

But zoologists are now looking into whether any underlying issues may have harmed his health or contributed to his death.

This will include microscopic analysis of tissue samples, toxicological tests to assess potential exposure to rodenticides or other chemicals,

 and testing for infectious diseases including West Nile Virus and Avian Influenza. The Central Park Zoo stated that the results of this testing will take weeks to complete.

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