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Abilene Zoo brings an American kestral to the KTXS Studios

By Kelly Killian, Kelly Killian, kkillian@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 26 2013 10:19:16 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene Zoo Education Curator Joy Harsh visited KTXS Friday morning with Claire the American kestral.

The American kestral is a type of falcon, and is native to the Big Country.

Claire is full grown. She was found as a baby and raised at the Abilene Zoo.

Harsh described Claire as very "lovey dovey," and is used as one of the Zoo's Education Animals.

"She's fully flighted, but she sees people as friends, which is not something we want for our wild birds," Harsh said.

Even with Claire's kind nature, American kestrals are not allowed to be pets.

"Even if you find them as babies, you have to turn them in to a rehab-er," Harsh said. "So they can be raised and turned back into the wild."

The Abilene Zoo is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme is "Party for the Planet." There will be special booths and activities for children and adults.

The Abilene Zoo will have special summer hours starting in June. The Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On Thursdays for June, July, and August, the Zoo will remain open till 9 p.m. and host special concerts.

For more information, visit http://abilenezoo.org/.