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Warning after South Wales golden eagle escapes
SOUTH Wales residents are being warned not to approach a golden eagle which has escaped from its aviary in Pontycymer.
Warning after South Wales Golden Eagle escapes
Police say the female bird of prey, which has a 6'5" wingspan and weighs 16lbs, flew off from a farm in the area during the evening of Monday 5th November.
The public are advised not to approach the bird but to call the police on 101 if sighted.
Wildlife and Environmental Crime Officer PC Mark Goulding said: "The golden eagle is captive bred and familiar with humans, however, it is a very large and powerful bird and so should not be approached.
"When the eagle escaped it had only just been fed, so it is likely it will only show itself when it becomes exhausted and hungry, which could take up to 10 days.
"I would ask people to remain vigilant and call us if they see the animal. Although the eagle does not offer a threat to public safety, please do not try to capture it if you see it.
"Only professional and experienced bird handlers should approach the eagle."
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