Beloved Central Park Owl Dead After Being Hit by Maintenance Vehicle

Barry, an owl in the Who’s Who of Central Park residents, has tragically died.

The nocturnal creature was struck by a maintenance vehicle early Friday in the Park.  It didn’t have a chance.  It was flying low to the ground, looking for food, when it was struck at around 2:30 AM.

Barry was a fixture in the Park, much to the delight of runners, bird watchers and others who meandered their way around.  Officials issued a sad statement … “It’s with a heavy heart we share that a barred owl, a beloved Central Park resident, passed away early this morning. 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.”

The bird watchers were devastated, issuing their own statement.

“We are saddened to learn that our beloved BARRED OWL died last night in an accidental collision with a @CentralParkNYC maintenance vehicle. … We will miss her wondrous and beautiful presence in the park.”

There will be a vigil for Barry Monday near the hemlock tree it called home.  That would have been Barry’s 10-month anniversary in Central Park.

People left messages on the ground in memory of Barry.


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