Bird of prey rescued from shop

FALCONRY experts were called to rescue a bird of prey from behind an Ipswich shop.

FALCONRY experts were called to rescue a bird of prey from behind an Ipswich shop.

The hybrid falcon, which is believed to be a cross with a rare peregrine falcon, got caught under netting behind Currys in Tavern Street and was finally caught by staff from Suffolk Owl Sanctuary yesterday.

It survived by feasting on a dead pigeon.

The owner of the bird, which had an identity ring round its foot and was wearing leather straps used in flying, is today being sought by the sanctuary.

After failed attempts to lure the bird with a dead quail, senior falconer Matthew Lott managed to trap it under a net.

He said: “It's a hybrid falcon, probably crossed with a peregrine and is about nine-years-old.

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“Many of these birds are used for pest control by companies.”

The sanctuary was called by RSPCA inspector, David Mitchell, who added: “This kind of call-out is very rare.”

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