Farewell, feathered cast members of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."
Producers say they have removed live owls from the play after one escaped into the auditorium during a preview.
The barn owl failed to return to its handler during Tuesday's show. Producers said in a statement Friday that "earlier this week the decision was made not to feature live owls in any aspect of the production moving forward."
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They said the owls had been "expertly cared for" by trainers and a vet.
Animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the announcement was "a huge relief for all Harry Potter fans who care about animals."
The two-part play, set 19 years after the climax of J.K. Rowling's final "Harry Potter" novel, officially opens July 30.