Hereford & Worcester

European eagle owl recaptured after escaping in Worcester

A rare owl with a six ft (1.8m) wing span has been recaptured after a night of freedom in Worcester.

The female European eagle owl escaped on Sunday night from her owner's house after they returned from a display.

Owner Andrew Jobson, a member of the Worcester Barn Owl Conservation Group, said: "She was absolutely exhausted after being mobbed by rooks and crows."

The bird was recaptured just after 10:00 BST in the car park of a retail estate in the city.

Mr Jobson said although the European eagle owl is the largest species of owl in the world, his bird lacks the skills to survive in the wild.

"They're used to be fed on a tray every night, so she wouldn't have a clue what she was looking for in the wild," he said.

Mr Jobson said there had been several sightings of the missing bird around Astwood cemetery in Worcester.

"We had a very sleepless night going out every hour and having a look for her," he said.

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