Update, 1:00 p.m.: The San Diego Zoo issued a statement regarding the capture of an escaped bird Wednesday morning.
The animal was discovered missing when zoo staff arrived. They began a search and "spotted the hornbill in Balboa Park," where they were able to recapture it.
The zoo reports that the hand-raised bird is now at the zoo's hospital where it will be bathed and held in quarantine.
Update, 12:23 p.m.: The bird has been found, according to the San Diego Zoo.
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Zoo and California Highway Patrol are on the hunt for a Southern Ground Hornbill bird who escaped this morning around 11 a.m.
It is described as large with black coloration and red patches of bare skin on its face and throat.
It was last seen on the west side of 163 freeway. CHP warns that the bird may be getting tired and it may be perched on the ground. Zoo personnel are on the shoulders of the freeway looking for it.
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