STAN, the huge eagle who went missing from Warwick Castle last week, has been found - but he spent Tuesday resisting all attempts to bring him home.
The sea eagle, who took flight during a bird show at the historic venue on Thursday, was located on Tuesday morning in Leamington, nearly 3 miles away (as the crow flies).
On Monday, castle officials launched an urgent appeal to find him and received nearly 100 calls in response.
After a reported sighting in trees near Leamington Rugby Football Club, Warwick Castle head falconer Chris O’Donnell and his team arrived at the scene at 5.30am on Tuesday.
They found the eagle, which has a wingspan of more than six feet, perched in a tree off Kenilworth Road and spend the rest of the day trying to tempt him down with bait.
But Stan refused to budge. It was believed he may have already eaten and wasn't feeling at all peckish.
Chris said: “We are relieved that Stan’s alive. All we need now is to get him on my wrist and back to Warwick Castle.
“We were delighted with the response to our appeal. I received about 90 calls although most reports turned out to be buzzards.”
►WHITE-TAILED EAGLE FACTS
Latin name: Haliaeetus albicilla
The white-tailed eagle, or sea eagle, is the largest bird of prey native to the UK.
In its natural habitat it is only found on Scotland's east and west coasts. It had disappeared from Britain in the 20th century due to illegal killings, but was introduced by conservationists.
It stands about a metre tall and has a wingspan of about 2.5m - about 8ft.