Eagle-eyed residents called on to help find 'Nikita' - The Leamington Observer

Eagle-eyed residents called on to help find 'Nikita'

Catherine Thompson 27th Jun, 2018 Updated: 27th Jun, 2018   0

AN EAGLE has gone missing from Warwick Castle.

The stellar sea eagle known as Nikita flew off during a show yesterday (June 26).

The bird – which is native to Asia –  is most likely to be seen sitting in an open field and poses no risk to animals or the public.

Handler Chris O’Donnell said: “Nikita is hard to miss given her seven foot wingspan. She also has black and white distinctive plumage with a big yellow beak so we really hope that given the weather is beautiful she will be spotted and can come home.”

He added Nikita had been at the castle for 14 years and although she had wandered away once before, she normally returned within ten minutes.

It is not the first time a bird of prey has gone missing from the castle.

Two years ago Henry the bald eagle went missing for six days before returning to roost in the safety of his historic home.

And in 2013 the search for ten-year-old Stanley the white-tailed eagle was called off after he was spotted nearly four months later, feeding on rabbits in a tree in Northamptonshire.

The falconers decided to leave him to ‘live a good life’.

Those who think they have spotted Nikita should call 01926 406 600.






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