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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 07:07 GMT 08:07 UK
Lost condor found safe in field
Tiny, the missing condor (picture from Eagle Heights)
Tiny is a 30-year-old male condor
A bird with a 10ft (3m) wingspan which went missing during a display in Kent has been found safe and well.

The 30-year-old male condor, called Tiny, flew off into a field of 6ft (2m) crops during a display at the Eagle Heights Centre, in Eynsford, on Sunday.

He was found during a helicopter search on Monday night after volunteers, firefighters and RSPCA officials had spent the day looking for him.

The condor, the world's largest bird of prey, was found in the same field.

He didn't need capturing. We just picked him up and carried him in
Alan Aimes, owner

He had disappeared after being carried off on a gust of wind, and was eventually found with the use of a thermal imaging camera.

His owner, Alan Aimes, had expressed concern for Tiny's welfare because the size of his wingspan meant he would be unable to take off from the field of crops.

Search teams had spent all of Monday walking through the field, stopping every few feet, to look through the crops at low level.

"He had been trying to work his way back up through the crops, but he was about 200m from where he'd landed," Mr Aimes said.

"He didn't need capturing. We just picked him up and carried him in."


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