Gloucestershire

Bald eagle returns after 'traumatic' disappearance

Cremorne the bald eagle Image copyright Steve Tipping
Image caption Cremorne has a seven-foot wingspan and is three times the size of a buzzard

A bald eagle, which went missing from a Gloucestershire bird-of-prey centre, has returned after a "traumatic" disappearance.

Cremorne, who is three times the size of a buzzard, flew off on Monday and her radio tracker then failed.

Jemima Parry-Jones, founder of the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP), said she was spotted by a member of the public in a quarry.

"Staff crept up close to her and tempted her with a big rat," she said.

Image copyright ICBP
Image caption Cremorne was tempted back by her handlers with a large rat

The eagle, which has a seven-foot (2.1m) wingspan, had been spotted several times in trees close to the centre in Newent, but staff had been unable to capture her.

"They don't normally go a long way but we were very worried especially as the radio transmitter had stopped working and we couldn't keep track of her," said Ms Parry-Jones.

"We were extremely concerned as she has never hunted...It's been very traumatic for her.

"She will be rested now and kept in her aviary until she regains some weight."

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