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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Escaped vulture spotted near home
Wee Man the vulture
Wee Man the vulture escaped from the centre on Saturday
A vulture with an 8ft wingspan which escaped from a rescue centre in Aberdeenshire has been spotted in a tree nearby.

The rare African white-backed vulture - known as Wee Man - broke free during a feeding session near Huntly.

The three-year-old bird has now been seen about 30ft up a tree close to the bird of prey centre.

Staff now hope to lure Wee Man - who feeds on dead animals - back down to safety.

It was feared he may have travelled a long distance already in search of food.

Owner Jeff Downie told the BBC Scotland news website: "He's quite a friendly bird but will be quite scared."

Mr Downie said of Saturday's escape: "He was flying for his food when he got away. It's very unfortunate."

He explained: "Wee Man could go for about a week without food. He would not have a clue what to do. He's not an attacking bird."

The vulture "Wee Man" has found a safe perch

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