A four-year-old vulture has learned to fly with a little encouragement - and a lot of help from a wind tunnel.
Gollum the vulture has finally got the hang of flying
In the wild, vulture chicks have to learn the hard way, forced off cliffs by their parents to either fly or die.
Gollum, the captive-bred African white back vulture, spread his wings and took off in the Airkix vertical wind tunnel in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.
Owner Steve Eales said: "All of his weight came off my hand and it was a pleasure to see him using his wings."
Supported by Mr Eales, who runs a company that teaches people how to get birds of prey to fly, Gollum, who has a 6ft wing span, soared into the 16.5mph current.
Mr Eales said: "It was brilliant. He was really relaxed and took it all in his stride."