POLICE APPEAL: Eagle owl on loose in Bridlington

A European Eagle Owl. Copyright Peter Trimming
A European Eagle Owl. Copyright Peter Trimming

Humberside Police are appealing to members of the public not to approach a potentially dangerous European eagle owl that escaped last night from a property in Bridlington.

Ben the owl was reported missing last night at 6.27pm by Geoffrey Carpenter, of Easton Road, where the bird of prey broke free from the leather straps securing him to the ground.

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

“If you see Ben, get in touch with the police because I am the only he will let get near to him.”

Geoffrey is also offering a reward of £50 for information leading to the return of his owl.

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 foxes, young deer and marmots.