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Rare Hooded Merganser escorted out of Ipswich high street shop

PUBLISHED: 14:45 29 January 2020 | UPDATED: 14:45 29 January 2020

The Hooded Merganser was found by park rangers in Kiko Milano, a cosmetics shop in Tavern Street. Picture: IPSWICH CENTRAL

The Hooded Merganser was found by park rangers in Kiko Milano, a cosmetics shop in Tavern Street. Picture: IPSWICH CENTRAL

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A rare Hooded Merganser which made waves at the Christchurch wildlife pond a few weeks ago has been escorted from a high street shop by street rangers - after making quite a disturbance.

This rare Hooded Merganser was spotted in Christchurch Park today. Picture: WILL RODWELL Instagram: @wildwillgreenThis rare Hooded Merganser was spotted in Christchurch Park today. Picture: WILL RODWELL Instagram: @wildwillgreen

Kiko Milano, in Tavern Street, contacted Ipswich Central at 9.30am today to report that a pigeon was loose in the shop and needed to be rescued.

Street rangers from Ipswich Central arrived at the scene only to find that it was in fact a Hooded Merganser, which had made its way half a mile down the street to the cosmetics chain.

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The rangers managed to capture it in the shop and return it to the wildlife pond.

The Hooded Merganser was found by park rangers in Kiko Milano, a cosmetics shop in Tavern Street. Picture: IPSWICH CENTRALThe Hooded Merganser was found by park rangers in Kiko Milano, a cosmetics shop in Tavern Street. Picture: IPSWICH CENTRAL

Paul Clement, director of Ipswich Central, said on Twitter: "The things our rangers do..."

The duck, native to North America, had previously been spotted by bird watchers in the park and has steadily attracted a stream of visitors.

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John Grant, president of the Suffolk Bird Group, has spoken about how there is a 99.9% chance that the bird is not wild.

He said: "It's very likely to be an escapee from an ornamental collection as they are very attractive - though the owner will be unlikely to admit they let it escape."

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