Cumbria

Missing bald eagle returns to Lake District animal park

Bill with one of the staff at Trotters World of Animals
Image caption Bill disappeared during a display

A bald eagle named after former US president Bill Clinton has returned to a Lake District animal park.

Bill the eagle flew off on 19 August during a display at Trotters World of Animals, in Bassenthwaite, where he has been since he was a chick.

Worried park managers said they travelled about 500 miles responding to reported sightings of the six-year-old American bald eagle.

But the wayward bird of prey returned of his own accord 48 hours later.

'Startled us all'

Park manager Richard Robinson said he believed Bill had become disorientated and flown off towards Caldbeck Fells.

He added: "Between then and now we covered about 500 miles responding to sightings.

"But he flew back of his own accord on Saturday and startled us all by coming in during a display.

"Obviously he thought better of staying out on the cold fells and decided to come back.

"He was as glad to be back as we were to see him. He was shouting and calling all the time."

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