Saving a Rare Bird

* The last three po'ouli birds known to exist will be taken into captivity in a last-ditch effort to save the species from extinction.

"If we do not bring them in now, they may never be seen again," said Michael Buck, administrator of Hawaii's Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

The po'ouli, or Hawaiian honeycreeper, might be the rarest bird on Earth. The last known breeding occurred about five years ago.

The small, stocky brown bird looks like it's wearing a bandit's black mask. It was first identified in 1973 by students on a University of Hawaii expedition. Its population then was estimated at 200.

The last three birds live within 1 1/2 miles of each other in the dense rainforest of Maui, and scientists believe they have never met.

The state, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the San Diego Zoo are working together to try to save the po'ouli.

"We decided that if we didn't intervene, these birds might never find each other and the species would go extinct," said Paul Henson of the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Turkey Trouble

* A wild turkey gave some people in Connecticut a run for their money.

The hen turkey, weighing 15-20 pounds, staked out some turf at the Jewett City Savings Bank in Plainfield, Connecticut, on Tuesday and cornered customers as they tried to enter.

The bird first charged Dianne Beaulac, a customer service representative at the bank.

"I got out of my car and he just came after me. I threw my keys at it, my hair clip," she said. "It chased me around my car. It was hysterical. Then the police came."

It took hours before town employees, crawling along the building's roof and chasing the bird around the parking lot, cornered it.

Animal control officials took the turkey to a state forest.

-- From staff and wire reports

The rare po'ouli. Experts hope capturing the three remaining birds will save the species.