An owl at a tourist attraction in Warwickshire is such a poor flyer that the hapless creature has been given its own learner plate.
Bandit is popular with visitors
The six-month-old spectacled eagle owl, known as Bandit, is one of the most recent additions to Warwick Castle's Birds of Prey line-up.
Trainer Chris O'Donnell described Bandit's flying style as clumsy.
"I have been training birds for 20 years and I've never come across a case like it," he said.
"Certainly some birds take longer than others to become accomplished flyers, but Bandit is in a class of his own.
"He is still very young, only six months old, but by this time he should have mastered the rudimentaries and have a very firm sense of direction.
"Bandit, however, has his own unique way of doing things and sailed very close to the towers and turrets of the castle on his maiden flight, so we've issued him with L-plates to indicate his learner flyer status."
Mr O'Donnell added that Bandit's lack of flying proficiency had not made him any less popular with visitors.
"People fall in love with him because he is so cute and fluffy," he said.
"Then when he takes to the air in his clumsy style they love him even more.
"We have had a near miss with an archway and I don't want to take any risks while he's finding his wings so we're taking things nice and slow - and very importantly, low - so he doesn't encounter any towers or turrets he shouldn't."
Mr O'Donnell said he thought Bandit would be ready to shed his L-plates within about a month.