Bird of prey Salsa leaves Barnsley staff in a flap

Sandra Johnson from SMJ Falconry with Salsa the Lanner Falcon who went missing from Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley where they are displaying during the school holidays
Sandra Johnson from SMJ Falconry with Salsa the Lanner Falcon who went missing from Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley where they are displaying during the school holidays
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A MISSING falcon has been found unhurt after going AWOL for five days.

Salsa, a Lanner Falcon, thought that exploring the countryside of South Yorkshire was more exciting than entertaining the crowds at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, when she flew off during a demonstration.

The seven-year-old bird of prey, owned by Sandra Johnson of SMJ Falconry, was taking part in an aerial display last Thursday as part of Cannon Hall Farm’s summer of animal sports when she flew off.

Sandra said initially she was not worried because Salsa was fitted with a sophisticated tracking device - but the tracker failed leaving Salsa’s whereabouts unknown.

The bird was eventually found when she became entangled in netting at an industrial estate in Bawtry, where it is thought she was hunting for pigeons.

She was identified through her numbered ring on her leg.

Dave Nicholson, director at Cannon Hall Farm, said Salsa has been wowing the crowds at displays for the last two years as part of a 20-strong team of birds and is a firm favourite with visitors.

He said: “The birds of prey are a strong attraction to our visitors, especially the children.”

Mr Nicholson said it was a relief to have her back and checks had revealed that she survived her flight of freedom uninjured.

“When the RSPCA found her, they had her checked over to make sure she was unharmed, so we’re glad that she is back is able to carry on doing what she does best.”