The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Soren the barn owl was found after members of the zoo’s bird team responded to a call about a possible sighting Friday.
Zoo officials say they examined the owl and found no signs of injury. They say the bird was positively identified from leather bands on its legs.
James Ballance, the zoo’s curator of birds, the bird had lost weight, appeared to be hungry, and showed signs of dehydration. But he said the staff is optimistic that the owl will recover normally.
Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines says the owl had flown away from trainers on Aug. 10.