Bird’s the word in Brid town

Geoffrey Carpenter's owl may have been spotted in Norfolk.

Geoffrey Carpenter's owl may have been spotted in Norfolk.

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The potentially dangerous owl which escaped from a Bridlington property last week is still on the lose and may have been spotted as far away as Norfolk.

The worried owner of Ben the European eagle owl, said he has had several reports of possible sightings in the Bridlington area, but was also told by police that somebody may have spotted Ben 150 miles away in Norfolk.

Ben’s keeper, Geoffrey Carpenter said: “This is the fifth time he’s gone missing!

“I am worried about him because he was bred in captivity so doesn’t know how to hunt for himself.”

Ben the owl escaped with a seven-foot chain still attached to it which could lead to him becoming tangled up when he lands.

Geoffrey added: “I’ve had a few calls off the police and they say someone may have spotted Ben in Norfolk!

“There’s also been a report of another sighting but it won’t have been Ben because this bird had two rings round its legs and Ben only has the one.

“I don’t want to scare anyone, but you shouldn’t approach him because he has powerful talons that could cause some damage.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “If it does become trapped the public are urged not to approach the owl as it is not use to anyone but its owner.

“If anyone does see the owl they are urged to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 521.”

The European eagle owl’s diet generally consists of small mammals like moles, rabbits, rats and mice but they are also known to kill larger animals like foxes, young deer and marmots.