Eagle takes flight from Lake District animal park

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

A bald eagle named after former US president Bill Clinton is on the loose from a Lake District animal park.

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

Park managers believe the six-year-old American bald eagle was disorientated and flew off towards Caldbeck Fells.

People are being urged to look out for Bill, who has a 6ft (1.8m) wingspan, a white head and yellow beak.

Park manager Richard Robinson said: "Bill is huge but poses no threat to anyone.

"He is now in his prime and he was flying superbly when he disappeared, he simply flew so high he was only a speck in the sky.

"We think he became disorientated and flew off in the direction of Caldbeck.

"With such undulating fells it is hard for us to find him on our own so we are relying on public support."

Mr Robinson said Bill was in good condition with enough body fat to last him for two weeks, but added that they were keen to get him back as soon as possible.

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