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The eagle hasn’t landed!
A huge eagle, which has the strength to carry off and kill small dogs, is on the loose – in Yorkshire!
Nikita, a Steller’s sea eagle, has gone AWOL in the Dales, according to a report in the Mirror, and police have warned people to keep a close eye on pets when they are outdoors in case the bird of prey decides to swoop.
Nikita, which has an 8ft wingspan, went missing when it took to the air for an exercise session in blustery conditions. The bird’s trainer thinks it may have been blown off course.
North Yorkshire police said on Twitter the predator was ‘not dangerous to people but don’t try picking it up’, adding: “Please take care when letting small animals out into the garden.”
The 10-year-old eagle disappeared after it took flight above its home in Brackenbottom.
Nikita’s trainer, Chris O’Donnell, told the Mirror: “She”s massive – like a small glider.
“It was incredibly windy. She went a bit further than normal and possibly became disorientated because of the lay of the land. They are like pigeons – they have a homing instinct – but this time Nikita didn’t come back.”
The majestic predators, which are native to east Russia, are able to pick up dogs and young seals. Their normal diet in captivity includes frozen pigeons and squirrels.
But Chris, of Hawk Experience, said the eagle, which has often entertained the crowds at Warwick Castle, posed no danger to people or animals.
Alas poor Porrick in Kent ham-let
A lonely pig abandoned in a Kent field for months has been enjoying some regular home comforts after local residents took pity on her.
Villagers in Shorncliffe, near Folkestone, built a makeshift shelter for the female swine, who they have named Porrick, and donate food.
“She’s a real local attraction,” said Trevor Boxell, whose son owns the land on which Porrick grazes.
The pig had been left alone for four months after the previous owners moved, taking her herd with them, website orangenews.com reports. Trevor said Porrick was now enjoying a healthy diet of potatoes, sprouts, swede and vegetable peelings from locals and appears very much at home.
“I’ve left the gate open for her several times but she never wants to leave. I would like to find her somewhere permanent to stay but she seems quite happy, wagging her tail in the field.”
Scales of justice
Mystery surrounds a snake that slithered into a lawyer’s office in Dunbartonshire.
The SSPCA was called to rescue the corn snake – now named Tango – from Clyde Defence Lawyer, in Clydebank, and it is now being cared for at the charity’s Glasgow Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre.
“The person who first spotted Tango didn’t think he was real as he wasn’t moving,” said animal rescue officer Emma Campbell. “She thought someone in the office was playing a prank on her but after a colleague gave him a gentle prod it was clear he wasn’t a toy and that they needed to contact us for help.
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