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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Hungry eagle owl is on the loose
A European eagle owl
An eagle owl has escaped from captivity in West Lothian
A large eagle owl which is capable of attacking small dogs and cats has escaped from captivity in West Lothian.

The bird, which has not eaten for two days, escaped from its owner in Linlithgow, at 1400 BST on Monday.

It is described as brown with a white chest, is 3ft tall and has a wingspan of 5ft.

The "distinctive" bird of prey is understood to be wearing jesses and a lanyard, to which a leash would be attached.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said the owner, from Linlithgow, was becoming concerned for its welfare.

"We would appeal to anyone who sees this distinctive bird of prey to contact police straight away.

"It should not be approached by members of the public and people should not attempt to catch it themselves.

"This is a very large bird of prey and is capable of attacking small animals. It has not been fed in two days so it may be trying to source food."

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