A beloved Central Park owl killed in crash with maintenance vehicle

A beloved Central Park barred owl passed away after crashing into a Conservancy maintenance vehicle. According to Central Park Conservancy, the incident happened at 02:30 am (local time).

“It’s with a heavy heart we share that a barred owl, a beloved Central Park resident, passed away early this morning,” the Central Park Conservancy said in a statement.

“Flying low, likely in search of a meal, the barred owl made contact with a Conservancy maintenance vehicle at approximately 2:30 am. Conservancy staff immediately reported the incident and Urban Park Rangers were contacted,” added.

"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."

"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." - Manhattan Bird Alert tweeted.