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That's No Dog Spotted in NYC
That's No Dog
Spotted in NYC

That's No Dog Spotted in NYC

Runner's run-in with coyote puts spotlight on city wildlife

(Newser) - A man on an early morning run in New York City couldn't believe his eyes when he ended up in an expected staring competition with a "giant" city-dwelling coyote. Brett Cohn was running in Central Park, along the 72nd Street Traverse toward the Ramble, after 7am Saturday when...

A Year Later, It's Still a Mystery Who Freed Central Park Zoo Owl
Central Park Zoo's
Flaco Is Dead

Central Park Zoo's Flaco Is Dead

RIP to owl that became a Manhattan mascot after escaping from zoo in 2023

(Newser) - New Yorkers are mourning "one of the city's most beloved celebrities" this weekend, per the AP . Officials from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Central Park Zoo, says that Flaco, the 13-year-old Eurasian eagle-owl that escaped the zoo in February 2023, has died after apparently slamming into...

Appeals Court Has Bad News for 'Central Park Karen'

That court dismisses suit against firm that fired Amy Cooper after she called cops on Black birder

(Newser) - In September, US District Judge Ronnie Abrams dismissed a suit from Amy Cooper—a white woman fired from her job after calling 911 on a Black bird-watcher in NYC's Central Park—against her former employer. On Thursday, an appeals court upheld that decision, ruling that Cooper's complaint, in...

Birder in 'Central Park Karen' Incident Has TV Show, Book Coming
Since 'Central Park
Karen,' Birder's Life
Has Changed a Bit


Since 'Central Park Karen,' Birder's Life Has Changed a Bit

Christian Cooper has a book and TV show coming

(Newser) - Three years after he found himself involved in a confrontation that quickly went viral, Christian Cooper—the Black birder who filmed a white woman who became known as the "Central Park Karen" as they argued about her off-leash dog in a protected section of the Manhattan park—is "...

Flaco Wins: Officials Give Up Their Effort to Recapture Owl

The Eurasian eagle-owl escaped from New York's Central Park Zoo 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - For two weeks, an owl that escaped from New York's Central Park Zoo has flown from treetop to treetop, eluding capture and amassing legions of fans worried about its ability to survive alone in the big city. Would Flaco, a majestic Eurasian eagle-owl, go hungry because he hadn't...

Central Park Attacker Hits Jewish Man, Yells 'Kanye 2024'

Suspect at large, 63-year-old victim in Central Park is recuperating

(Newser) - Critics are blaming Kanye West's recent string of antisemitic remarks for an attack in New York's Central Park. The NYPD says an assailant attacked a 63-year-old Jewish man in the park while yelling "Kanye 2024" and Jewish slurs, reports CNN . The suspect is at large, and the...

Central Park Bird-Watcher Will Host TV Series

Central Park confrontation in 2020 included a woman calling 911 to report Christian Cooper

(Newser) - Christian Cooper, who once had 911 called on him while he was bird-watching in New York's Central Park, now will take viewers with him while he pursues his hobby. Cooper is hosting a TV series called Extraordinary Birder on National Geographic. The channel didn't say when the series...

Plenty of People Run in Central Park. Just Not Like This

Oz Pearlman logged a record 116 miles in a single day

(Newser) - The New York City Marathon ends in Central Park. Oz Pearlman's April 8 run started and ended there—but the time between those two points, and the distance covered, was pretty epic. The New York Times reports the 39-year-old Brooklynite set out to get the "Fastest Known Time"...

Beloved New York City Owl Killed in Central Park

Barry is gone

(Newser) - A barred owl that had become a sort of New York City celebrity after taking up residence in the city's famed Central Park has been killed. Barry, as she was affectionately known, was fatally struck by one of the privately maintained park's maintenance vehicles, the park Conservancy announced...

Woman Who Called 911 on Black Bird-Watcher: I Had No Choice
Woman Who
Called 911 on
Black Bird-Watcher
Speaks Out
in case you missed it

Woman Who Called 911 on Black Bird-Watcher Speaks Out

Amy Cooper says in new podcast her options were limited in May 2020 incident in Central Park

(Newser) - Charges were dropped earlier this year against Amy Cooper, the white woman who was arrested after calling 911 on Christian Cooper (no relation), a Black bird-watcher she had a dispute with in Central Park in May 2020. At the time, she told dispatchers he was threatening her—except he wasn'...

Charges Dismissed Against Amy Cooper
Charges Dismissed
Against Amy Cooper

Charges Dismissed Against Amy Cooper

Woman in Central Park called police on a Black birdwatcher

(Newser) - Amy Cooper, the white woman arrested last spring for calling 911 during a dispute with a Black man in New York's Central Park, had her criminal case dismissed Tuesday after completing a counseling program meant to educate her on the harm of her actions. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon...

Woman Made 2nd Hoax Call About Black Birdwatcher

Amy Cooper claimed he had 'tried to assault her'

(Newser) - Amy Cooper, the white New York City woman who falsely claimed a Black birdwatcher had threatened her after a disagreement over her unleashed dog in Central Park, made a second 911 call even more likely to provoke a strong response from police, prosecutors revealed Wednesday. In the second call, Cooper...

Victim Won't Cooperate in Case Against Amy Cooper

Christian Cooper says she doesn't need 'more misery'

(Newser) - Amy Cooper may be charged with filing a false police report as a result of his video, but Christian Cooper is not necessarily on board. The member of the New York City Audubon Society board of directors again suggests the white woman who called police on May 25 to report...

Woman in Park Incident Gets Dog Back

Rescue group returns pooch to Amy Cooper after input from law enforcement

(Newser) - The white dog walker who called police on a black birdwatcher who'd asked her to leash her dog in Central Park has been reunited with the dog. Though Amy Cooper surrendered her pooch to a rescue group in the aftermath of a viral video of the encounter , which some...

Obama Weighs In on George Floyd
Weighs In on 

Obama Weighs In on George Floyd

'This shouldn't be normal in 2020 America'

(Newser) - President Obama has weighed in on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote in a statement posted online . "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation...

Man in Park Incident: Let's Not Destroy Her Life

Christian Cooper condemns threats against Amy Cooper, who called 911 on him

(Newser) - The New York City birdwatcher targeted in an allegedly racist confrontation with a woman in Central Park on Memorial Day says he's "not excusing the racism" but thinks attacks on the woman, who has since been fired from her finance job , might go too far. "Any of...

Big Consequences for White Woman Who Called Cops on Black Man

She loses job and, at least temporarily, her dog

(Newser) - A day after a white woman called police on a black man who asked her to leash her dog in Central Park, consequences: The woman, Amy Cooper, has been fired. "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the...

Woman Apologizes for 'Unacceptable' Reaction to Black Man in Park

Man who asked Amy Cooper to leash dog records her calling cops, saying he's 'threatening' her

(Newser) - A video taken in New York's Central Park over the weekend has gone viral, leading to accusations of racism against an investment exec. Per NBC New York , a woman posted the clip on Twitter showing her brother, Christian Cooper, in a confrontation with Amy Cooper (no relation) Monday after...

Trump's Name Scrubbed From NYC Ice Rinks

Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink have been run by his organization since 1980s

(Newser) - For years, skaters at a pair of ice rinks in Manhattan's Central Park have been surrounded by the Trump name. Now, no longer. The official names of the New York rinks are Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink, but Donald Trump started running them in the 1980s, at which point...

In Central Park, a Rare Brilliance Spotted

Mandarin duck, usually seen only in Asia, shows up out of the blue in NYC

(Newser) - If there's anywhere you'll see a punk rocker with a "multicolored mohawk," New York City would be the place. But the Mandarin duck that's been hanging out in Central Park since mid-October is another story entirely. The New York Times reports the creature with brilliantly...

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