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Exotic bird perches on news anchor's head prior to segment

By Ben Hooper

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A California morning news show's "Zoo Day" segment got off to a wild start when a runaway exotic bird decided to perch on an anchor's head.

Nichelle Medina and her co-anchor, Eric Kahnert, were starting a "Zoo Day" segment Monday morning on KFMB-TV when a scarlet ibis fled from its keeper off-camera and took refuge on top of Medina's head.

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"Good for weeding your garden of bugs," Medina said just as the bird came into camera frame, "Or flying onto my head."

Dara Flannery, a zookeeper with the San Diego Zoo, said the 10-year-old scarlet ibis, Sophie, "was very excited to meet you guys, she just couldn't wait."

Medina said the bird gave a nice scalp massage.

"I needed that," she quipped.

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