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Golden eagle escapes in Bedfordshire

Norman the golden eagle Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Norman was on loan to local falconer Allen Smith when he took flight

A golden eagle is on the loose after making a bid for freedom in Bedfordshire.

Norman was on loan to Allen Smith, 65, when he took flight from the falconer's workplace in Flitwick on Friday.

The plucky bird of prey has already been spotted in the garden of a woman living in nearby Lidlington since making his bid for freedom.

Mr Smith said three-year-old Norman "could potentially go for a cat. but not unless he was really hungry".

'Don't panic'

Norman stands roughly 3ft (0.9m) tall and boasts a 6ft (1.8m) wingspan.

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Image caption In the wild, golden eagles live in the open moorlands and mountains of Scotland

The bird has also been seen in Stewartby, about five miles from Flitwick. He can be identified by the leather straps around his feet.

Mr Smith said: "He had just been fed when he disappeared and he's quite scared of people so I don't think anyone should panic."

Anyone who spots Norman is asked to call the RSPB or Bedfordshire Police.

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