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Falcon still missing from Sheffield centre

Falcon missing from Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston.

Falcon missing from Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston.

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

A missing bird of prey has evaded capture after escaping from a training session at a falconry centre.

Suka was last seen close to Rother Valley Country Park.

She flew off from a training session at the Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston on Monday..

Zoo curator Andrew Reeve said: “She is mostly white with grey markings and is roughly the same size as a crow, making her quite conspicuous.

“When she was last sighted, it appeared she no longer has jesses attached, but does still have the leather anklets.

“There is a black transmitter attached to her left ankle.

“There is no need for people to fear for their own or their pets’ safety as Suka has never been trained to hunt and is now probably quite weak and tired.

“We thank everyone in advance for helping us to bring her home.”

A radio transmitter service has located the bird several times in Aston, Swallownest, Dinnington and Anston but a signal cannot be picked up.

Bird-keepers estimate that Suka has already flown over 20 miles.

Trainers Heather Scott and Ben Coulson have got frustratingly close and even been at the tree she was sat in several times but offers of food have failed to coax her back so far.

Call the centre on 01909 569416 to report a sighting.

 

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